Copy That?

Where Is the Great Cloning Debate?

What do George Lucas, Ian Wilmut, and Shoukhrat Mitalipov—a filmmaker, an embryologist, and a biologist—have in common? Each of them created a clone. Star Wars fans are familiar with the fictional Clone Troopers from Episode II (2002), who, as the storyline goes, evolved into the more familiar Storm Troopers in Lucas's original 1977 movie. The other two created real-life clones: Dolly the cloned sheep brought fame to British embryologist Wilmut in 1996, and just two years ago, Mitalipov announced that his team had successfully cloned a human embryo and harvested its stem cells,1 destroying the embryos in the process. Mitalipov's news came after a comparative lull...

 

is the Executive Director of The Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity in Deerfield, Illinois.

This article originally appeared in Salvo, Issue #35, Winter 2015 Copyright © 2020 Salvo | www.salvomag.com https://salvomag.com/article/salvo35/copy-that

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