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Why does this frighten me?

Have I been watching too many bad skiffy movies?
The only researchers to publicly show that they have cloned a human embryo said on Tuesday that they had successfully repeated the experiment, growing an embryo to the 16-cell stage.

Researchers at Advanced Cell Technology of Worcester, Massachusetts, have also repeatedly created embryos using...parthenogenesis

[...]

It would take just 40 batches, or lines, of parthenote-generated stem cells to create tissue matches for 70 percent of the U.S. public, Lanza said. Embryonic stem cells are immortal, so it would not take many human eggs to create several dozen lines.

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wild_irises
Dec. 16th, 2003 10:06 am (UTC)
Because it's frightening?

One of my most politically aware, most compassionate, and most religious friends is more scared by human cloning than any other possibility on the horizon. I take her fears very seriously.
jodawi
Dec. 16th, 2003 01:13 pm (UTC)
jesus army virgin birth

i'll dispatch quarky to the kamino system to investigate
punzel
Dec. 16th, 2003 04:44 pm (UTC)
This article is clearer than most I've seen on these subjects. However, it's rather odd to refer to something you previously called "not alive/human" as "immortal." Funny that.

With the impending overpopulation and resource-scarcity we are likely to see in our lifetimes, I can't understand why we'd invest in making new people through cloning. Not in any significant numbers, I'd expect. I'd be more concerned about tissue harvesting as a fountain of youth/vitality.
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