Cloning a human

By: Carveon Harris


Ever since the birth of Dolly the sheep in 1996, human cloning for reproductive purposes has seemed inevitable. Notwithstanding past dubious claims of such an achievement--including one by a company backed by a UFO cult-- no human clones have been made, other than those born naturally as identical twins. Despite success with other mammals, the process has proved much more difficult in humans--which may strike some people as comforting and others as disappointing.

Why shouldn't we clone humans

Why not to clone humans

Americans are less opposed to human cloning when it stops short of producing the birth of a human being. Cloning in the name of medical research (sometimes called "therapeutic cloning") is considered feasible by many. In a Gallup/CNN/USA Today poll taken in November 2001, a slight majority (54 percent) said they favor cloning that is not designed to specifically result in the birth of a human being, but to aid medical research that might lead to treatments for certain diseases. Four in 10 Americans still disapproved.