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Cloned Macaques

Cloned Macaques

Should You Be Allowed to Create Your Own Clone?

Margaret McLean, director of Bioethics, comments.

"The scientists themselves deny any interest in human cloning," said Margaret McLean, director of Bioethics. "Unfortunately, our automatic reflex to think about human applications has taken our attention away from the ethics of primate cloning itself. The researchers’ goal is to create genetically identical monkeys to be used in the study of human disease, especially diseases of the brain. We need to ask ourselves if the potential to understand and cure human disease justifies the deliberate creation of primate clones for research."

Excerpted from an article in Photo Credit: Qiang Sun and Mu-ming Poo/Chinese Academy of Sciences via AP.