Bury Me Not On The Clone Prairie

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WASHINGTON, D.C.: Proving that there may be no way to allow any form of human cloning without setting off a firestorm, anti-abortion groups blasted a recommendation by the Presidential commission on human cloning to allow researchers to clone human embryos for medical research but prevent them from bringing the embryos to term. "This means it is OK to clone as long as you kill," said John Cavanaugh-O'Keefe, director of the American Bioethics Advisory Commission. The final recommendations of the 18-member National Bioethics Advisory Commission appointed by President Clinton to study the implications of the cloning of Dolly the sheep are expected Saturday. Although the scientists involved aren't advocating producing new humans, many researchers believe cloning embryos could lead to breakthroughs on how to manufacture tissue that could replaced diseased organs or burned skin.