Sunday, 3 December 2006

The Cloning Debate - Part 2

A few weeks back, I republished an article I wrote in 2001, in which I asked a number of prominent Australians their views on cloning.

I have attempted to re-contact these same people to see whether or not their opinions have changed during these 5 years. I am pleased to have received 3 replies so far, although a few of my initial contacts have proved very hard to find, or have move out of the field (Prof. Alan Trouson). Their opinions have been very interesting. I intend to take a closer look at some of these ideas in the near future - especially the views from Clonaid, who I will interview, probably in early 2007.

Dr Paul Willis
One of Australia's leading science communicators, ABC Catalyst and radio Presenter, PhD in Palaeontology

I would say that my position has modified somewhat over the last 5 years. Therapeutic Cloning (TC) does offer the potential for cures to some pretty horrible diseases and, as such, ought to be pursued to see what it can really do. This should proceed at a research level. Once we know the true abilities of TC for various diseases, then we will be better placed to consider their implementation across society. But I am still concerned that we are looking at expensive medical treatments that will only really benefit a few, relatively rich people in the world. This particularly comes into focus when some of the more frivolous potential applications for TC are put on the table. Do we really need to spend billions learning how to make ego-copies of ourselves or developing complicated ways to avoid aging when that money could be more wisely spent saving many lives with much simpler, already proven medical technologies, treatments and basic public hygiene? This is an ethical problem with TC that is often ignored but should, in my view, be ahead of the more popular ethical issues such as embryonic destruction (which I think is a non-issue anyway because the embryos are destined for destruction anyway) or cross-species technologies (again, a non issue if there is no genetic material transfer between species).

Thomas Kaenzig
Vice President, Operations
Clonaid
www.clonaid.com


More and more people u
nderstand the benefits of the human cloning technology. Being in favor of therapeutic human cloning has already become "mainstream" today and the same thing will happen soon with reproductive human cloning. The ridiculous "ethics" argument brought up by opponents to human cloning is simply a last-gasp attempt by deist conservatives and orthodox dogmatics to keep humanity in ignorance and obscurantism, through the well tried fermentation of fear, the fear of science and new technologies.
Luckily, nothing can stop science ....


Senator Natasha Stott-Despoja
Science and Research Portfolio, Australian Democrats

From her speech on the Prohibition of Human Cloning For Reproduction and the Regulation of Human Embryo Research Amendement Bill 2006 - Reproduced in part here after discussions with the Senator's office

I am a strong supporter of this technology (therapeutic cloning), in particular somatic cell nuclear transfer... Scientific endeavour has been an enduring area of interest to me. I have been particularly concerned with finding an appropriate balance between allowing the cutting-edge research and technology that we have to prosper and needing to protect our community through effective regulation of scientific activity...You need to understand how science progresses. It doesn't progress with a single step that means that you suddenly have cures. It moves incrementally towards a goal, and you gradually put in place bits of the jigsaw and solve various technical problems that are required... Those people who think that there is no moral problem with embryo research should be allowed to carry out that research and should not be prevented from doing so by the power of the law. Those people who think the research is wrong should be allowed to say so and to protest against what they believe to be wrong. And those who do not wish to participate in the treatments that arise from stem cell research should be allowed to avoid such treatments... Whether or not this technology will be progressed is beyond dispute. And if it does not happen here, it will happen elsewhere. Unless opponents are suggesting that we ban all imports of therapies derived using somatic cell nuclear transfer then Australians may well ultimately benefit from this technology, regardless of what happens here. But do we not want to be part of this? Do we not want invest in the potential and the hope that it presents us with? At stake is whether or not we want our research community to play the role that they are able to in this. If we allow this bill to pass, we can ensure that Australians benefit not only from the outcome but from the knowledge that is gained in the process and the increased speed with which progress may come about if Australias innovative prowess is allowed to be brought to bear on this challenge.

Add to del.icio.us

Digg!

The Mr Science Show PodcastMr Science Stories

52 comments:

  1. GO the aussies!

    Stem Cell Research In Australia
    http://beepbeepitsme.blogspot.com/2006/12/stem-cell-research-in-australia.html

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. These are things that we will face in the future. I had a discussion on this issue through gb whatsapp application

      Delete
    2. Your post is very informative and effective. I got what I was looking for. Here to say thank you. Thanks for sharing OGWhatsApp valuable content. Keep sharing more and more.

      Delete
  2. There are literally 100's of clone of Whatsapp, one such clone/mod is called fmwhatsapp which can be found from this link

    ReplyDelete
  3. Excellent Blog! I would like to thank for the efforts you have made in writing this post.Check this out the best clone of whatsapp is fmwhatsApp latest version

    ReplyDelete
  4. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete
  5. Excellent blog very few of blog find like this check out the best clone of GbWhatsapp you can download here

    ReplyDelete
  6. I am glad that you just shared this useful information with us It is truly a nice and useful piece of info. Also check out GB Whatsapp

    ReplyDelete
  7. SSC Exam Result is a trending now in Bangladesh. SSC Examination was completed. All students are waiting to get their SSC Exam Result 2020. This year SSC Result 2020 will publish on 1st week in May. On the result day, after 12PM all students will get their SSC Exam Result 2020 from Bangladesh Education Board official website. Also Dakhil Result 2020 and SSC Vocational Result 2020 will publish on 6 May 2020

    ReplyDelete
  8. SSC Exam Result is trending now in Bangladesh. All SSC Examinee are waiting to get their SSC Result 2020. This year SSC Exam Result will publish on 1st week in May 2020. Students will collect their Result form Bangladesh Educational Board Official website. Also We will share SSC Result 2020 on our website. Students will collect their Result from our website. Candidates can collect their Dakhil Result 2020 and Vocational Result 2020 from Bangladesh Education Board official website.

    ReplyDelete
  9. SSC Exam Result 2020 in Bangladesh. SSC Result coming soon. All students are waiting to get their SSC Result 2020. This year SSC Result 2020 will publish on 06 May 2020. Students can collect their SSC Result 2020 from Bangladesh Education Board official website.

    ReplyDelete
  10. HSC Examination was completed few days ago. Now HSC Result is the trending topic in Bangladesh. All candidates will check their HSC Result 2020 from Bangladesh Educational official website at educationboardresults.gov.bd.

    ReplyDelete
  11. Thanks for sharing integrated shala darpan with us, guys! You are doing a great thing!

    ReplyDelete
  12. how can we get gbwhatsapp and coc mod apk for extreme situation.

    ReplyDelete
  13. Very helpful advice within this article! It is the little changes that produce the largest changes. Many thanks for sharing!

    Download Instagram Photos
    TikTok Video Downloader
    online resize image

    ReplyDelete
  14. I am really enjoying reading your well written articles. It looks like you spend a lot of effort and time on your blog. I have bookmarked it and I am looking forward to reading new articles. Keep up the good work.


    gbwhatsapp+

    ReplyDelete
  15. 123movies then the Original one

    ReplyDelete
  16. 123movies produce the largest changes. Many thanks for sharing!

    ReplyDelete
  17. Glad to chat your blog, I seem to be forward to more reliable articles and I think we all wish to thank so many good articles, blog to share with us.


    plugin manager notepad++

    ReplyDelete
  18. Thanks for the amazing details. Also, check out clashof clans mod

    ReplyDelete
  19. Can I know which is best among +Coc mod apk and clash royale?

    ReplyDelete
  20. Excellent Blog! I would like to thank for the efforts you have made in writing this post. I am hoping the same best work from you in the future as well. FM WhatsApp APK

    ReplyDelete
  21. this is very informative article..thanks for sharing ������

    ReplyDelete
  22. Cool! I like your content and it was well explained. Thanks a lot! <https://watersoftenersolutions.com/

    ReplyDelete
  23. I truly value this superb post that you have accommodated us. I guarantee this would be helpful for a large portion of the general population. Developer

    ReplyDelete
  24. Great post i must say and thanks for the information. Education is definitely a sticky subject. However, is still among the leading topics of our time. I appreciate your post and look forward to more. jQuery

    ReplyDelete
  25. Nice post! This is a very nice blog that I will definitively come back to more times this year! Thanks for informative post. coursework writing service uk

    ReplyDelete
  26. I would also motivate just about every person to save this web page for any favorite assistance to assist posted the appearance. Software development company

    ReplyDelete
  27. This is a much better contribution and it helps us. Thanks for sharing this post. I think students Need Academic-Writing-Services

    ReplyDelete
  28. Hey, thank you a lot for sharing this article with us. It’s really helpful. I hope you will publish such articles in the future as well. It’s so helpful. Goodbye! Also check FMWhatsApp.
    Slider Revolution Free

    ReplyDelete
  29. Thank you so much for sharing this great blog.Very inspiring and helpful too.Hope you continue to share more of your ideas.I will definitely love to read. how to reset yahoo password

    ReplyDelete
  30. Thanks for sharing this information. I really like your blog post very much. You have really shared a informative and interesting blog post with people.. household laundry service

    ReplyDelete
  31. I really appreciate the kind of topics you post here. Thanks for sharing us a great information that is actually helpful. Good day! How to calm a cat in heat

    ReplyDelete
  32. This was awesome. Thanks for sharing. Keep posting more such awesome content.

    ReplyDelete
  33. Hey, thank you a lot for sharing this article with us.I hope you will publish such articles in the future as well. It’s so helpful. Goodbye! Take a look at this wonderful article. Kinemaster Mod APK

    ReplyDelete
  34. Glad to chat your blog, I seem to be forward to more reliable articles and I think we all wish to thank so many good articles, blog to share with us. Dry Cleaning Service

    ReplyDelete
  35. We start the process by identifying the way you process emotions, Spiritual Healing as well as triggers and blockages within your body.

    ReplyDelete
  36. Michael Letts is the Founder, President, and CEO of In-Vest USA, a national grassroots non-profit organization

    ReplyDelete
  37. Executive Diagnostics is a same day pcr covid test service that provides bulk, same day testing for organizations needing PCR test results quickly.

    ReplyDelete
  38. Thanks for the detailed article on this topic. I would like to see more such awesome articles from you.

    ReplyDelete
  39. Thanks for sharing this valuable piece of information. Keep sharing more such awesome articles in the future. Goodbye!

    ReplyDelete
  40. We are Digit Logix, a creative and digital marketing agency working in the field of IT for more than five years providing the services of Web-Designing, Web-Development, App Development, SEO, Digital Marketing, and Telemarketing.
    SEO content writing services
    organic SEO services
    SMM services

    ReplyDelete
  41. The information you have shared here is very helpful. I really like and appreciate your work. Thanks again for it, keep us updated in future! Gbwhatsapp

    ReplyDelete
  42. helpful,thanks for sharing . fmwhatsapp 2022 download It looks like you spend a lot of effort and time on your blog.

    ReplyDelete
  43. Nice article. it is very useful blog valuable and informative. Thanks for sharing with all of us. whatsapp mod

    ReplyDelete