Leon Kass, M.D.


Chairman, President's Council on Bioethics; Addie Clark Harding Professor, College and the Committee on Social Thought, University of Chicago; Author, Life, Liberty and the Defense of Dignity: The Challenge for Bioethics.

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ATTACK OF THE CLONES: The Ethics of Human Cloning

with Leon Kass, M.D., Gregory Stockvia Uncommon Knowledge
Friday, October 25, 2002

Cloning—using biotechnology to create embryos with specific genetic information, identical to other embryos or even human adults—used to sound like science fiction. Today, however, the ability to successfully clone human embryos is a matter of when, not if. But should human cloning be allowed to go forward? Is cloning morally wrong, in and of itself? Should we make a distinction between cloning for medical research and cloning for procreation? If cloning is morally wrong, could we stop it even if we wanted to? And if cloning isn't or can't be banned, how should it be regulated?