Catching Up with Clones
Here's why: If a skin cell is used to make a cloned embryo, any stem cells from that embryo would be genetically identical to the person who provided the skin cell. And thus, that person's immune system wouldn't reject tissue grown from those stem cells.The article also says,
This promise of tailor-made stem-cell therapies has prompted several teams of scientists around the world to try to make embryonic stem cells from cloned embryos. But Robert Lanza of the biotech firm ACT says no one's managed it — yet.
There have now been at least a dozen … species cloned, but for each species there's been a unique set of problems, and the human is no different," Lanza says.
No reputable scientist is attempting to clone a live human being. That said, several teams around the world are trying to make cloned human embryos with the intention of deriving embryonic stem cells. No one has succeeded yet.And it notes,
There's still no question that most people consider attempting to clone a human being unethical—at the very least because the cloning process seems to create animals with health problems.
For people opposed to destroying human embryos for any reason, cloned embryos present an ethical dilemma: Since a cloned embryo is a potential human life, it's wrong to destroy it.
Two articles in the archives are:
The Moral Morass
of Human Cloning
and two years later
The Ethics of Cloning
The Rev. Frank Logue, Pastor