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Human Cloning

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Human Cloning
The first message Samuel F.B. Morse, the inventor of the telegraph, sent over wires between Baltimore and Washington was “What hath God wrought!” The marvel of human birth should bring about the same ideas of wonder in the parents of a newborn child. Currently the, so-called, “cult” of human perfectionism lies in “what marvels science has achieved!” The cloning of goats, pigs, sheep and other farm animals has led to the brink of the cloning of human beings.
Maverick Italian cloning proponent Dr. Severnio Antinori, with the help of Panos Zavos, a Kentucky scientist and entrepreneur, addressing a panel of scientists meeting in Washington last week, announced that they are prepared to proceed with the creation of the world’s first cloned human beings. Antinori’s insane proposal was met with outcries of world condemnation of human cloning by the many well-known specialists present, who rejected the work as unethical and immoral. One critic of the concept of human cloning termed it “the height of arrogance.”
The U.S. House of Representatives had passed the Human Cloning Prohibition Act by a vote of 265-162 on July 31. The vote came the day after a strong White House statement against human cloning. The statement said, “the administration is unequivocally opposed to the cloning of human beings either for reproduction or for research.” It also said that the “moral and ethical issues posed by human cloning are profound and cannot be ignored in the quest for scientific discovery.”
The bill that was passed was well thought out. It “prohibits any production of or attempt to produce cloned human embryos by the transfer of nuclear material from one or more human somatic cells into an enucleated human egg. This involves removing the 23-chromosome nucleus from a woman’s egg and replacing it with the full 46-chromosome nucleus of a person’s regular somatic, or body, cell. The resulting embryo is a...

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