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Few avenues of scientific inquiry raise more thorny ethical questions than the cloning of human beings, a radical way to control our DNA. In August 2001, in conjunction with his decision to permit limited federal funding for stem-cell research, President George W. Bush created the President's Council on Bioethics to address the ethical ramifications of biomedical innovation. Over the past year the Council, whose members comprise an all-star team of leading scientists, doctors, ethicists, lawyers, humanists, and theologians, has discussed and debated the pros and cons of cloning, whether to produce children or to aid in scientific research. This book is its insightful and thought-provoking report.
The questions the Council members confronted do not have easy answers, and they did not seek to hide their differences behind an artificial consensus. Rather, the Council decided to allow each side to make its own best case, so that the American people can think about and debate these questions, which go to the heart of what it means to be a human being. Just as the dawn of the atomic age created ethical dilemmas for the United States, cloning presents us with similar quandaries that we are sure to wrestle with for decades to come.
Posted January 11, 2010
I personally found this book very interesting and I learned a lot from it. I was constantly looking at the glossary because it uses a number of medical terms that I wasn't familiar with. This book covers stem cell research, human cloning to produce children, human cloning for biomedical research, and animal cloning for biomedical research. I feel that this book does a good job of presenting the pros and cons of each of the topics that it covers. Although some of the facts in this book are interesting, some are disturbing, for example I found it upsetting when I learned that a rabbit egg and human sperm were combined, grown up to a stage with about 150 cells, and then killed. This book has helped me develop my own viewpoint on cloning, especially now that I know how the whole process works. This book would be an excellent resource for anyone who was curious about how cloning works or for someone who already knows about cloning but just wants to read about other people's viewpoints on it.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.