Cloning: For and Against

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Will we soon be faced with a million Michael Jordans, a million Bill Gateses, or a million Saddam Husseins? Will wealthy individuals be able to create genetic copies of themselves which could give them a kind of immortality? Or will the copies (perhaps produced without heads) be kept in storage to provide replacement organs? These dizzying and, to some, nightmarish scenarios have suddenly become very real possibilities within our lifetime, following the successful cloning of a sheep by Scottish scientists in ...
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Overview

Will we soon be faced with a million Michael Jordans, a million Bill Gateses, or a million Saddam Husseins? Will wealthy individuals be able to create genetic copies of themselves which could give them a kind of immortality? Or will the copies (perhaps produced without heads) be kept in storage to provide replacement organs? These dizzying and, to some, nightmarish scenarios have suddenly become very real possibilities within our lifetime, following the successful cloning of a sheep by Scottish scientists in 1997. Cloning: For and Against includes readings on all sides of the issues: by scientists, journalists, ethicists, religious leaders, and legal experts. These readings have been carefully selected to give a fair representation of the opposing points of view, enabling readers to test the strengths and weaknesses of divergent arguments, the better to make up their own minds on these controversial issues.
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Editorial Reviews

Midwest Book Review
Cloning: For and Against offers fifty-four articles by scientists, ethicists, legal experts and religious leader who explore the many benefits and costs of cloning. A lucid introduction offers readers an essential overview and understanding of the development and process of cloning, and the editors even-handedly represent all sides of this controversial subject. Enhanced with a bibliography and index, Cloning: For and Against is the ideal introduction to the subject of cloning which is so much at issue in our national debate.
Booknews
Collects 54 articles by scientists, ethicists, legal experts, and religious leaders who explore the many benefits and costs of cloning. The essays present both sides of the argument so that readers can test the strengths and weaknesses of the divergent views for themselves. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780812693751
  • Publisher: Open Court Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 1/28/1999
  • Series: For and against Series
  • Pages: 277
  • Sales rank: 1,421,731
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Editors' Introduction: The Scientific Background 1
Pt. I What Is Cloning? 13
1 A Clone Would Have a Soul 16
2 Our Genes Are Not Us 23
3 Clones Are Not Exact Copies 26
4 Artificial Twinning Is Not Cloning 28
5 There's Dispute over the Moral Status of a Cloned Cell 31
6 We're a Long Way from Designer Babies 36
Pt. II First Reactions to Dolly 39
7 Cloning Forces Us to Face New Puzzles 42
8 Politicians Were Agitated by Dolly 45
9 There Is No Right to Clone 48
10 There's No Justification for an Outright Ban on Cloning 50
11 Clones Will Be Different 53
12 Cloning Offers New Hope for the Childless 57
Pt. III The Issues in Brief 71
13 The Controversy over Cloning May Become More Furious than the Abortion Debate 74
14 The Balance of Opinion Is Against Cloning 77
15 Cloning Humans Is a Slippery Slope 80
16 Creation of Headless Humans Should be Banned 81
17 Similar Negative Reactions Greeted Previous Advances 84
Pt. IV Do the Benefits of Cloning Outweigh the Risks? 87
18 A New Cloning Technique Opens Up Future Possibilities for Livestock and People 90
19 Dolly Has Stimulated Advances in Pharming 92
20 The Benefits and Dangers of Cloning Human Cells Are Not Those Most Talked About 97
21 Unmodified Nature Is Not Always Benign 100
22 Cloning Technology Will Yield Medical Benefits 106
23 A Cloned Gene Yields Stretchy Spider Silk 109
Pt. V The Rights and Wrongs of Cloning 111
24 Modern Ideologues Have Forgotten What Medievals Knew 114
25 There Are No Appropriate Limits to Human Knowledge 116
26 We Should Not Do Everything We Can Do 120
27 Cloning Humans is Inhuman 123
28 The Standard Objections to Cloning Won't Bear Examination 126
29 The Cloning Issue Reveals Shortcomings in Bioethics 132
Pt. VI Cloning and Religion 139
30 Some Religious Leaders Would Permit Cloning of Humans 142
31 Cloning Humans Should Never Be Attempted 146
32 Cloning Humans is Immoral 150
33 The Judeo-Christian Ethic Opposes Cloning 153
34 Human Cloning Is Not Against the Will of God 159
Pt. VII Regulation of Reproduction or Reproductive Liberty? 163
35 Statement by RESOLVE 166
36 When It Comes to Cloning, Personal Choice Should Not Be the Final Word 167
37 Freedom to Reproduce is a Right 170
38 We Need Regulation of Reproduction 178
Pt. VIII Is Sex Obsolete? 185
39 Sex Is Still Necessary 188
40 Males Have at Least One Use 190
41 Cloning Puts Future Human Evolution in Doubt 192
Pt. IX The Nightmare of the Super Race 195
42 We Are Psychologically Unprepared for Cloning 198
43 Self-Replication Is Big in Hollywood 201
44 The Ethics of Cloning May Prove Harder than the Science 204
Pt. X Science versus the Public Good? 213
45 Government Should Be Careful to Avoid Stopping Legitimate Research 214
46 Recombinant DNA Research Is Not Forbidden Knowledge 218
47 Cloning Serves the Interests of Those in Power 223
Pt. XI Can Cloning Be Banned? 231
48 Nothing Can Stop the Cloning of Humans
49 Biomedical Groups Mobilize Against Prohibition of Cloning 237
50 The Senate Rejects a Bill to Ban Human Cloning 241
51 Europe Bans Human Cloning 246
52 Vital Medical Research Is Threatened by a Proposed Cloning Ban 248
53 A Proposed Cloning Ban Unconstitutionally Restricts Scientific Research 250
54 A False Sense of Urgency Has Driven the Cloning Debate 259
Index 271
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