Just Cloning Around

A biological baby step sparks a political backlash

Anyone who scanned the headlines last week might be excused for thinking a long-feared biological Rubicon had been crossed. Newspapers across the country, including the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post and the New York Times, put the story on the front page, and U.S. News & World Report splashed it on the cover, proclaiming THE FIRST HUMAN CLONE in big, bold type.

Pro-life politicians were quick to denounce the experiment. Kansas Senator Sam Brownback, a Republican, vowed to try to get the Senate to approve a bill before Christmas prohibiting human cloning. "The use...