Human Cloning Isn't As Scary As It Sounds

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Wendy T

 

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April 15, 2012

 

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For the most part, however, the ethical concerns being raised are exaggerated and misplaced, because they are based on erroneous views about what genes are and what they can do. The danger, therefore, lies not in the power of the technology, but in the misunderstanding of its significance. Producing a clone of a human being would not amount to creating a "carbon copy"? an automaton of the sort familiar from science fiction...
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It would be more like producing a delayed identical twin. And just as identical twins are two separate people?biologically, psychologically, morally and legally, though not genetically?so a clone is a separate person from his or her non-contemporaneous twin. To think otherwise is to embrace a belief in genetic determinism?the view that genes determine everything about us, and that environmental factors or the random events in human development are utterly insignificannot ...
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