BRISTOL, Tenn. (LSN) — The Christian Medical and Dental Society, which represents more than 11,500 doctors and medical students nationwide, condemned plans announced Jan. 6 to begin cloning humans for profit.
Dr. David Stevens noted that an individual would have to sacrifice hundreds of lives just to attempt a cloning procedure.
Cloning a single animal, the sheep Dolly, involved killing 277 developing embryos and resulted in some duplicate lambs being born with severe and lethal birth defects, Dr. Stevens explained.
“We all sympathize with infertile couples, but is it worth paying the price in human lives and suffering to come up with an experimental baby?” he asked.
Richard G. Seed, who announced his plans to clone humans for profit in early January, said he plans to begin his work on a human clone within three months.
“My target is to produce a two-month pregnant female (within the next 18 months),” he said.
Speaking about Seed, Dr. Stevens noted, “This individual’s scheme is evidence that current executive and legislative efforts to curtail human cloning are flawed and need to be strengthened.”
Seed, meanwhile, has been making more and more outrageous statements to the media.
Responding to critics charging he wants to play God, Seed said, “If God made man in His own image. God intended for man to become one with God … Cloning and the reprogramming of DNA is the first serious step in becoming one with God.”
On Jan. 8, Seed told reporters that he foresees as many as 200,000 human clones a year once his process is perfected, at a price for each clone far lower than the $1 million the first one will cost.
“When I was seven years old, I was brilliant and crazy. I don’t mind being called crazy,” said the renegade physicist. Seed vowed that if cloning is banned in the United States, he will open a clinic in Mexico or another location abroad.
He claims to have assembled a team of doctors to assist
him, but refuses to reveal their identities.
U.S. President Bill Clinton said Jan. 9 that he will press Congress to pass a law prohibiting human cloning. He has vowed to maintain a ban on federal dollars being used for human cloning research and development.
Meanwhile, some experts in the field of new reproductive technology indicate that laws will do little to halt the development of human cloning.
According to reports by the Reuters news service, researchers are already refining techniques on primate and human egg cells that will bring them to the onset of human cloning.
And in a related development, researchers in Boston announced Jan. 20 that they have successfully cloned two identical, genetically engineered calves. It is seen as a possible breakthrough in the mass production of drugs for humans via cows’ milk.
The cloned calves are the result of four years of work by genetic engineers. They follow successful cloning of a sheep by Scottish researcher Dr. Ian Wilmut.
— via LifeSite News Service