"...straightforward, accurate, and up-to-date...with a refreshing lack of hysteria." The Lancet
A Clone of Your Own? by Arlene Judith Klotzko takes a close look at the inevitability of cloning, and the ethical, legal, and philosophical issues surrounding it.
From the Publisher"Bioethicist and lawyer Klotzko has written a terrific book relevant to any library looking for sound science on a topic timely to us all since the 1996 birth of Dolly, the first mammal cloned from an adult cell." Library Journal
Publishers WeeklyBritish bioethicist, lawyer and science writer Klotzko delivers a straightforward and breezy look at cloning and related issues like stem cell research. Our fears of reproductive cloning (which she says is inevitable) are based on misconceptions: "In a time when beliefs of genetic determinism are in the ascendancy, a clone, with a genome chosen for him by someone else, may seem to be as hobbled, constricted, and dehumanized as the products of Brave New World's Predestination Room." To correct this misperception, she provides an excellent overview of "the unfolding of this fantastic experiment" that spans more than 60 years, from the early theories of August Weismann to the recent cloning of Dolly the sheep. She is most effective in presenting her main arguments, which are that a clone, like an identical twin, "would not and, indeed, could not, be a mere copy of its progenitor," and that, since she guesses that stem-cell-derived therapies may reach clinics in "five to ten years," unless the current U.S. prohibition of federal funding of embryonic stem cells is ended, Americans will be way behind the technology curve. Agents, Daniela Bernardelle and Bruce Hunter for David Higham Assoc. (Oct.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Library JournalBioethicist and lawyer Klotzko (Windeyer Inst., University Coll., London) has written a terrific book relevant to any library looking for sound science on a topic timely to us all since the 1996 birth of Dolly, the first mammal cloned from an adult cell. Klotzko clearly distinguishes between therapeutic and reproductive cloning, discusses stem cell research and its place in this burgeoning research area, and touches on the legal and ethical ramifications of the phenomenon, forcing us to think about what it would mean to have a "clone of our own." Drawing on science fiction, theater, and literary works and illustrated by art, photographs, and cartoons, this short and accessible title is highly recommended for all libraries and readers.-Mary Chitty, Cambridge Healthtech, Newton Upper Falls, MA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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