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Controversial Doctor Says Human Cloning Is Coming . . . Soon

This story really freaks me out. Doctor Panayiotis Zavos claims that he has transfered cloned embryos into four women who had agreed to give birth to cloned humans. While his work hasn't ended in any viable pregnancies, Dr. Zavos isn't stopping.

The Gilbert Gottfried look-a-like (clone?) is doing his work in the Middle East, some speculate, because it's illegal to attempt to clone humans everywhere else. He is determined to succeed, and there are many people who are willing to pay for his services. Zavos thinks he can create the first cloned human within two years.

The doctor also admits that he has cloned the cells of three dead people, which he didn't implant into anyone. For example, the frozen cells of Cady, who died in a car accident at age 10, were sent to Zavos. To create embryos he fused Cady's cells with cow eggs that had their own genetic material removed.

I hope we never see the day when parents can clone their dead children, or when any human can be cloned for that matter.

Do you think we should do everything we can to stop science from moving forward with human cloning, or am I just being close minded?

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emmebeth emmebeth 8 years
What is the difference between cloning humans and animals? You don't clone a "soul," "spirit," or "personality." Creepy yes, but unethical- I don't think so.
hartsfull hartsfull 8 years
I'll have to get the 6th day. I've never seen it. I kinda like cheesy once in a while. :shrug:
fcseamstress fcseamstress 8 years
Gattica is completely what I had in mind! My hubby thinks I'm crazy, but every time I read about genetic advancements I swear that's where we're heading! He recently made me watch The 6th Day. It's really cheesy, but totally up this alley with cloning and stuff.
bastylefilegirl bastylefilegirl 8 years
fcseamstress you bring up an EXCELLENT point! And to that point there is a field call Bioethnics. As a someone who works in science it's all about what is the purpose for a Gene to be maipulated if it's to cure a diease in a willing particpant it is typically widely acceptable, but if it's to make you a "better" person then that's another issue. Much like plastic sugery when it is done to correct a defect/injury cleft palette/burn then it's in general people seem to be okay with it, but when it is done for purly vanity reason it calls out moral questions.
hartsfull hartsfull 8 years
I can't help but to think of the movie Gattica. :scared:
fcseamstress fcseamstress 8 years
I'm going to sound like a total paranoid geek here, but what the hey... What gets me most about human cloning isn't necessarily the idea of clones existing, their rights and their creator's responsibility to them, although I am concerned about all of the above, but I worry about the probability for genetic manipulation. I know this is a bit off-topic, but I think genetic manipulation will be far more challenging to the human race than cloning. Most people seem to inherently feel that cloning is wrong, but when does genetic manipulation become wrong? Most people wouldn't object to correcting 'true' genetic defects, such as correcting cancer or asthma genomes, but I saw recently that you can now have your fetus tested for what color eyes & hair the baby will have when born, as well as their potential for specific activities like sports. We can't change those things yet, but it won't be long before we can. And once you move from medical/disease genetic manipulation to cosmetic, how long until you have people requesting their fetuses be manipulated to be smarter, stronger and faster than they were otherwise naturally intended to be? And where does that leave us regular people?
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 8 years
When scientists cloned the first animal we all knew (or at least we should have all known) that one day a human would be cloned. Whether it's government sanctioned or in some some underground private laboratory hidden away from public scrutiny there is no question in my mind that as sure as the sky is blue one day a human will be cloned.
bastylefilegirl bastylefilegirl 8 years
".....if someone wants to clone their dead child or other family member then why not??" There is a lot of stuff people want to do when a loved one dies that doesn't mean it's a wise or logical thing to do. Your mental state could be in question, and we don't tend to let people who are "mentally compromised" make decisions about medical care so why should we with something like cloning?? And unless the deceased has given the okay to be "replicated" then it shouldn't be done. By the way this is coming from someone who has worked in Science for 10 years so I believe in since, but I also believed that there should be limits to it as well. There is such a thing as Ethics in the scientific fields.
bastylefilegirl bastylefilegirl 8 years
I'm going to go out on a limb here and say no matter what side of the abortion debate you fall on, I think both sides in general find something really "wrong" and unethical about Human Cloning.
redchick152 redchick152 8 years
i think it would be INCREDIBLY unsettling to clone your dead child.
This is what needs to be regulated in science. By regulated, I mean stopped. The only thing that can be considered positive is to develope another human being to be used to harvest parts from, or to replace a loved one that has passed away. In both cases, very selfish.
Tabloid Tabloid 8 years
Sick. SICK! S-I-C-K!!!!!!!!
Pistil Pistil 8 years
It's been a while since I took biology and I haven't studied cloning, but wouldn't a clone simply have the same DNA? It's just a way of artificially producing a being. The clone would still be an individual (and in that way, he/she would have a 'soul'... what about natural birth gives someone a soul?)... I mean, those dogs that were cloned didn't even have identical markings, did they? What about nurture vs. nature? It's all very interesting, but is it ethical? Instead of cloning your dead child, why not just get a robot? We have the technology... :)
kurniakasih kurniakasih 8 years
I'd say 'no' to human cloning. That's a scary prospect, imho.
margokhal margokhal 8 years
But there's at least a dozen scientists worldwide that claim they've ALREADY successfully cloned human beings, so this isn't really anything knew. And I'm sure bioethicists knew human cloning was imminent...and as strong a reaction there is against it, I'm not sure it will even be that popular, should this become commercial. Not to mention legal channels [can we clone famous dead people? Who gets to decide that? Who's in charge of exhuming the body? Who is legally responsible for any cloned person, people that decide to raise him/her or the scientist that "created" them? ], those will get very sticky quickly. But the solution isn't to stop science from moving forward entirely...just make humans and human DNA off-limits. I mean, it can't be that great of a thing - look at what happened to Dolly. :( There are some ethical boundaries we should have in science, but that doesn't stop it from moving forward - we need new developments, just not in this area.
genesisrocks genesisrocks 8 years
Creepy. Will it come off as cheesy if I say you can't duplicate the human soul?
janneth janneth 8 years
Just say no to cloning. But there is money to be made. It will happen.
jessie jessie 8 years
no..this is just wrong.
girlgreen girlgreen 8 years
i find this very unsettling. i'm just imagining in another hundred years or so, when people are saying, "remember those days when people came into existence the natural way? how old-fashioned! HA!" anyway, i am immediately going to the google the tooth bud thing. that's something i can get behind, with my mouth full of cavities and bridges. :)
lovy29 lovy29 8 years
Yes, it's kinda creepy, and yes, I don't think it's wise to start cloning humans, BUT I don't think we should "stop science from moving forward" like Tres suggested. I think we can learn a lot from these experiments (that we haven't already with the animal cloning), and it would be great if this technology did exist. Not to use it to make babies, of course, but just to understand scientifically what it takes to replicate an embryo. It might help us in the future when we are trying to replicate organs/cells/body parts for people.
sprinkibrio sprinkibrio 8 years
Christne, identical twins and clones alike have the exact same DNA. So it is like being someone's twin. But I'll give you that when you are brought up as an identical twin you are the same age and actively encouraged to be different in many cases. When you are different ages with your clone, you might feel like you have to follow in their footsteps or at least see your future in them.
sprinkibrio sprinkibrio 8 years
We need laws now... not when it is too late.
greenapples1987 greenapples1987 8 years
i say go for it, if someone wants to clone their dead child or other family member then why not??
bbkf bbkf 8 years
I see nothing wrong with cloning humans. However, I do think that parents of a dead child who have it cloned will find that the clone is not the "same" child, and that could end badly for everyone involved. Just think of how different identical twins can be...
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