CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 28, 2001
The maverick scientists who this week announced imminent plans to clone people are trying to fob off the technique as merely the latest breakthrough in infertility treatment. There is, however, no comparison between cloning and earlier reproductive technologies like in vitro fertilization. Cloning has been performed on hundreds of mice, cows, goats and pigs since Dolly the cloned lamb's pioneering birth in 1997.
April 7, 2002 |
Scientists reacted with skepticism and shock on Saturday to a report that a woman taking part in a controversial human cloning program for infertile couples was eight weeks pregnant. Italian fertility specialist Severino Antinori, who last year announced his intention to create the world's first human clone, has been quoted as saying one woman in his program is pregnant--but he has since refused to confirm or deny it. "Our project is at a very advanced stage.
April 11, 2002
There is almost no support for so-called "reproductive cloning''--the morally repugnant notion of copying DNA for the purpose of creating a child. But what about creating a few human cells that might cure Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, cancer or other serious diseases, without creating a fetus? That use, though it requires examination, certainly does not fall in the same class as baby-making.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 8, 2001 |
Tuesday in Washington, two doctors announced to the National Academy of Sciences that they are proceeding--somewhere outside the United States--to clone human beings for the benefit of infertile couples, some of whom live in the U.S. I can't imagine a more humiliating segue than to make such an announcement less than a week after the House voted to make cloning illegal in the U.S. But if we ever needed a reminder of the impotence of ignorance in the face of progress, Drs.
June 2, 2002 |
President Bush recently reinvigorated the debate about human cloning, warning in a Rose Garden speech that "allowing cloning would be taking a significant step toward a society in which human beings are grown for spare body parts, and children are engineered to custom specifications."
August 7, 2001 |
An Italian doctor and a U.S. researcher claim they will implant cloned human embryos in 200 female volunteers within the next few months, an effort that would mark the first known attempt at human cloning, and which is sure to complicate an already tangled debate in Congress over the procedure.