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The moral clone

There should be no moral objections to human cloning or the creation of embryos for life-saving stem cells.

By Kenan Malik   May 2001

The daily telegraph considers them “criminals.” The Pope condemns their work as “abhorrent.” Jeremy Rifkin warns that they are striking a “Faustian bargain” which could pave the way to a “commercial eugenics civilisation.” The object of this hostility is two doctors, the US-based Panayiotis Zavos and the Italian Severino Antinori who, in March, declared their intention of helping infertile couples conceive through the use of cloning techniques.

From Aldous Huxley’s picture of human production lines in Brave New World to Michael Marshall Smith’s description in his novel Spares of farms where the rich keep clones of themselves so that their…

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