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About Reproductive Cloning

Reproductive cloning is the production of a genetic duplicate of an existing organism. A human clone would be a genetic copy of an existing person.

Somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT) is the most common cloning technique. SCNT involves putting the nucleus of a body cell into an egg from which the nucleus has been removed. This produces a clonal embryo, which is triggered to begin developing with chemicals or electricity. Placing this cloned embryo into the uterus of a female animal and bringing it to term creates a clone, with genes identical to those of the animal from which the original body cell was taken.

The Basic Science

Frequently Asked Questions

Arguments Pro & Con

More than eighteen cloned mammals have been produced with SCNT, but claims by rogue scientists to have cloned a human child have been false.

New techniques, such as the derivation of induced pluripotent stem cells via cellular reprogramming, suggest other potential methods of reproductive cloning.

Human reproductive cloning is almost universally opposed. Overwhelming majorities reject it in opinion surveys. Many international agreements and countries (though not the United States) formally prohibit it.

Some oppose reproductive cloning because of safety considerations. Animal cloning is seldom successful, and many scientists believe that reproductive cloning can never be made safe. Human reproductive cloning would also threaten the psychological well-being of cloned children, open the door to more powerful genetic manipulation technologies, and raise other social and ethical concerns.

Biopolitical News of 2016by Pete Shanks, Leah Lowthorp & Marcy DarnovskyBiopolitical TimesDecember 13th, 2016We highlight 2016’s trends in and top news stories about human biotech developments.
CRISPR gene-editing controversy shows old ideas about East and West still prevailby Calvin Wai-Loon HoEcontimesOctober 24th, 2016Western imaginations tend to fantasize Asian countries as exotic, crude "others," viewing Chinese research as advancing primarily due to an assumed lack of regulation.
Comment on "3-person IVF" procedures for infertility reportedly conducted in Ukraine[Press statement]October 10th, 2016“These developments are another urgent sign that we need clear rules placing heritable human genetic modification off-limits on a national and international level.”
3-Person IVF Breaking News: Where Are the Advocates for the Public Interest? by Leah LowthorpBiopolitical TimesOctober 7th, 2016A baby created via 3-person IVF was delivered by US doctors in Mexico in order to avoid regulation. How has the media responded in the US and internationally?
Baby Born Using 'Three Parent' Technique, Doctors Say[citing CGS' Marcy Darnovsky]by Maggie FoxNBC NewsSeptember 28th, 2016"This fertility doctor openly acknowledged that he went to Mexico where 'there are no rules' in order to evade ongoing review processes and existing regulations in the US."
"Three-parent baby" claim raises hopes — and ethical concernsby Sara ReardonNature NewsSeptember 28th, 2016Some are questioning why the US-based team went to Mexico, a country with less clear oversight of human embryo modification than, for instance, the United Kingdom or the United States.
Controversy Erupts Around Baby With Three Biological Parents[citing CGS]by Emily WillinghamForbesSeptember 28th, 2016A US fertility doctor travels to Mexico where "there are no rules" to use mitochondrial manipulation to produce a live birth.
Controversial Human Embryo Editing: 5 Things to Know[citing CGS' Marcy Darnovsky]by Rachael RettnerLiveScienceSeptember 23rd, 2016Basic CRISPR experiments in human embryos in Sweden raise questions about passing clear rules against using edited germ cells for reproduction and oversight.
‘Motherless babies!’ How to create a tabloid science headline in five easy stepsby Gretchen VogelScience MagazineSeptember 14th, 2016Here's the recipe for transforming a modest developmental biology paper into a blockbuster story.
What Ever Happened to Cloning?[cites CGS' Marcy Darnovsky]by Kimberly LeonardUS News & World ReportAugust 4th, 2016Twenty years since Dolly, the field of cloning remains highly inefficient for animals and too unethical to attempt with humans.
Two Decades After Dollyby Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesJuly 12th, 201620 years after the first cloned mammal was born, the US still does not have legal prohibitions on cloned people, or on heritable human genetic modification.
On the 14-Day Rule and Other Limitsby Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesJune 29th, 2016Speed limits are somewhat arbitrary but sensible; so is the 14-day rule for embryo research.
Scientists Say They Hope To Create A Human Genome In The Labciting CGS' Marcy Darnovskyby Rob SteinNPRJune 2nd, 2016"The worry is that we're going to be synthesizing entire optimized human genomes...to produce synthetic human beings that they see as improved models," said Marcy Darnovsky.
On Cyborgs and Gene Editing: Lessons from Orphan Blackby Jessica CussinsBiopolitical Times guest contributorJune 1st, 2016The television show takes a cue from science fiction author Donna Haraway and engages the dangers of human genetic modification.
Orphan Black emphasizes the science in its sci-fi with a disturbing chapter on eugenicsby Caroline FramkeVoxMay 15th, 2016The BBC America series about human clones is now tackling the personal, scientific, and societal implications of eugenics, gene editing, and germline engineering.
The Possibility Of A Three-Parent Baby[cites CGS' Marcy Darnovsky]by Indira LakshamananThe Diane Rehm ShowFebruary 25th, 2016A discussion about the science, ethics, and politics of a controversial technique that is a form of inheritable genetic modification.
Chinese Cloning Firm Pumps $15 Million into California Stem Cell Businessby David JensenCalifornia Stem Cell ReportFebruary 24th, 2016A financially strapped California stem cell company could be taken over by a Chinese enterprise that says it can clone humans, and is "only holding off for fear of the public reaction."
A Cautious Approach to Mitochondrial Replacementby Françoise BaylisImpact EthicsFebruary 3rd, 2016While the motivation with mitochondrial replacement (MRT) is distinct from cloning, the transfer technology is the same. MRT can legitimately be seen as a “quiet way station” in which to refine the techniques essential for other genetic interventions (including cloning).
I Considered Cloning Myself -- But I'm Having Second Thoughtsby Stephen MossThe GuardianDecember 23rd, 2015A British couple have paid $100,000 to clone their dog. But however tempting the process might be for a human egoist, it would destroy the point of life: that it ends.
Biopolitical News of 2015by Elliot Hosman, Pete Shanks & Marcy Darnovsky, Biopolitical TimesDecember 22nd, 2015We highlight 2015’s breaking news stories about human biotech developments.
Top Biopolitical Times Posts of 2015by Elliot Hosman, Pete Shanks & Marcy Darnovsky, Biopolitical TimesDecember 20th, 2015Here are a few of our favorites blogs of 2015.
China 'clone factory' scientist eyes human replicationby Rebecca DavisAgence France PresseDecember 1st, 2015The scientist behind the world's biggest cloning factory has technology advanced enough to replicate humans, and is only holding off for fear of the public reaction.
Disgraced clone expert set for big comeback[cites CGS consultant Pete Shanks]by Chang May ChoonThe Straits TimesNovember 30th, 2015Hwang Woo Suk is partnering with a Chinese biotech firm to to open the world's largest animal cloning factory in Tianjin.
Center for Genetics and Society releases open letter and report calling for prohibitions on human germline engineering[Press statement]November 29th, 2015Scholars, health practitioners, scientists, public interest advocates, and others have signed a CGS-organized open letter calling for strengthened prohibitions against heritable human genetic modification.
E.U. parliament votes to ban cloning of farm animalsby Gretchen VogelScienceSeptember 8th, 2015The ban does not cover cloning for research purposes, nor does it prevent efforts to clone endangered species.
It's Time for an Uncomfortable Discussion about What it Really Means to Engineer a 'Better Baby'[Australia] by Kevin LoriaBusiness Insider [Australia]August 13th, 2015“Humans have more flaws than we know what to do with ... One of them is that we don’t know what it would mean to make a better baby.”
"Jurassic World" and the Dinosaurs at the USDAby Rachel SmolkerTruthoutJune 22nd, 2015The regulations of the US Department of Agriculture are in desperate need of an overhaul if they are to protect the public from the derailing of billions of years of evolution for the purpose of corporate profit-making.
Tired Tropes and New Twists in the Debate about Human Germline Modificationby Marcy DarnovskyBiopolitical TimesMay 28th, 2015Techno-enthusiasts now argue that as we think about the human future, we should rule out considering what we might learn from works of literature and film, as well as those aspects of myth, policy and history they don’t like.
Babies from Two Bio-Dads?by Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesMarch 4th, 2015Recent research on human germ cells has revived speculation about the possible uses of artificial gametes.
'Designer Babies' Debate Should Start, Scientists Sayby James GallagherBBC NewsJanuary 18th, 2015New gene editing techniques make "designer babies" more feasible, but that does not mean it's inevitably the way we have to go as a society.
Top Biopolitical Times Posts of 2014by Jessica Cussins & Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesDecember 18th, 2014In 2014, CGS staffers and contributors posted 107 blogs in Biopolitical Times. These are twelve of our favorites.
For $100,000, You Can Clone Your Dogby Josh DeanBloomberg BusinessweekOctober 22nd, 2014Dr. Hwang Woo Suk, infamous for fabricating claims about cloning a human embryo, now uses somatic cell nuclear transfer to clone people's dogs.
Century After Extinction, Passenger Pigeons Remain Iconic—And Scientists Hope to Bring Them Backby Carl ZimmerNational GeographicAugust 31st, 2014The 100th anniversary of the death of Martha, last of her kind, finds biologists dreaming of preventing or reversing extinctions.
The Genome's Big Data Problemby Joseph CoxMother BoardJune 4th, 2014Serious concerns around genetic data need to be handled before we all jump on the genome band wagon. How will the data be stored? Who will be able to access it? What security will be in place?
Orphan Black: The Best Show You’ve Never Seenby Jessica CussinsBiopolitical TimesMay 29th, 2014A BBC America television series about clones is seriously good.
Renewed Concerns For Women As Cloning Technology Advances[Quotes CGS's Marcy Darnovsky]by John FarrellForbesMay 23rd, 2014The recent cloning breakthroughs highlight a lack of engagement with the issue from the bioethical perspective.
Free Dolly!by Jessica CussinsBiopolitical TimesMay 15th, 2014The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has ruled that cloned animals cannot be patented.
Dolly the Sheep’s Clones Deemed Unpatentable by U.S. Courtby Susan DeckerBloombergMay 8th, 2014The Scottish scientists famous for concocting Dolly the sheep lost a bid to get U.S. patent protection for the cloned animal. A court said their creations are just genetic copies of naturally occurring beings.
Stem Cell Revival: The 1990s are BackNew ScientistApril 30th, 2014More than 17 years later, what worked in Dolly the sheep finally appears to be working in humans. But after endless hope, hype and failure, it is hard to feel there is anything brave or new in this line of research.
Neanderthals Are People, Tooby Svante PaaboThe New York TimesApril 24th, 2014Ancient genomes show that the Neanderthals were genetically very similar to us. In a civilized society, we would never create a human being in order to satisfy scientific curiosity; why would it be different for a Neanderthal?
Top 5 Challenges for SCNT Cloned Human Embryonic Stem Cellsby Paul KnoepflerKnoepfler Lab Stem Cell BlogApril 21st, 2014A new advance in cloning to produce human embryonic stem cells is important because it shows it can be done using adult cells. However, key challenges and concerns remain.
Should the U.S. Prohibit Reproductive Cloning?[Quotes CGS's Marcy Darnovsky]by Tim SandleDigital JournalApril 18th, 2014Researchers have produced stem cell lines using somatic cell nuclear transfer, making human reproductive cloning more technically feasible. Is this a good idea?
Scientists Make First Embryo Clones From Adults[Quotes CGS's Marcy Darnovsky]by Gautam NaikThe Wall Street JournalApril 17th, 2014Scientists for the first time have cloned cells from two adults to create early-stage embryos, and then derived tissue from those embryos that perfectly matched the DNA of the donors.
Development in cloning research underscores need for US to prohibit reproductive cloning[Press statement]April 17th, 2014Public interest group also questions risks to women who provide eggs and implications for health equity.
You Can't Clone Dogs Without Lots of Suffering - Why Scientist who Created World First 'Frankenstein Pet' has Quit by Christopher BucktinMirrorApril 12th, 2014Lou Hawthorne is the forefather of cloning yet, after two decades and 20 other genetically engineered pooches, he has turned his back on the industry, sickened over the suffering it causes thousands of dogs each year.
Martha, My Dear: What De-Extinction Can’t Bring Backby Elizabeth KolbertThe New YorkerMarch 12th, 2014To bring a lost animal back because people might like to see it, or because they might feel better imagining that it’s not entirely gone, or just to demonstrate that it can be done is a vanity project, and nothing else.
The Mammoth Comethby Nathaniel RichThe New York TimesFebruary 27th, 2014Bringing extinct animals back to life is really happening — and it’s going to be very, very cool. Unless it ends up being very, very bad.
Disgraced Scientist Granted U.S. Patent for Work Found to be Fraudulentby Andrew PollackThe New York TimesFebruary 14th, 2014Korean researcher Hwang Woo-suk faked evidence of having created the world's first cloned human embryos, embezzled research funds and violated bioethics rules.
Are STAP Stem Cells a Paradigm Changer? Hopes and Fearsby Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesFebruary 6th, 2014Two papers published in Nature on January 30 describe a new and remarkably simple technique for generating cells that can, like embryonic stem cells, develop into many different kinds of cells.
CGS Summary of Public Opinion Pollsby CGS StaffFebruary 4th, 2014This page offers comparisons of survey results for three technologies: reproductive cloning, research cloning, and inheritable genetic modification.
Stem Cell Breakthrough Could Reopen Clone Warsby EditorialNew ScientistJanuary 29th, 2014The ability to easily reprogram any cell to an embryonic state will inevitably bring out maverick human cloners. We shouldn't let them set the agenda.
Study Says New Method Could Be a Quicker Source of Stem Cellsby Andrew PollackThe New York TimesJanuary 29th, 2014A surprising study has found that a simple acid bath might turn cells in the body into stem cells that could one day be used for tissue repair and other medical treatments.
DNA Dreamingby Jessica CussinsBiopolitical TimesJanuary 13th, 2014A new documentary looks at the Chinese company that styles itself "the world’s largest genomics organization,” and its hunt for the genetic basis of intelligence.
Top 5 Reasons I am Opposed to Cloning Woolly Mammothsby Paul KnoepflerKnoepfler Lab Stem Cell BlogNovember 18th, 2013I have to admit seeing a woolly mammoth, mastodon, or saber tooth tiger would be cool, but such efforts would not be without consequences and most of them would be profoundly negative.
The Clone Named Dollyby Nicholas WadeThe New York TimesOctober 14th, 2013This week’s Retro Report video tells the story of Dolly the sheep. The Scottish scientists who created her recall the painstaking process of trying to get the experiment to work.
Back from the Deadby Jason MarkEarth Island Journal, Autumn 2013The debate about de-extinction centers on a classic dilemma. Just because we can do something, does that mean we should?
Center for Genetics and Society - Marcy Darnovsky on Initiative Radio with Angela McKenzie[With CGS's Marcy Darnovsky]by Angela McKenzieInitiative RadioJune 30th, 2013Marcy Darnovsky talks about the work to encourage responsible uses and effective governance of the new human genetic and reproductive technologies.
Time for the US to Ban Human Reproductive Cloningby Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesJune 12th, 2013A major fertility clinic reacted to the recent research cloning paper by speculating that human reproductive cloning may be on the way — demonstrating the need for the United States to join the dozens of countries that already prohibit it.
De-extinction: A Lifeline or Pandora's Box?by Jamie Rappaport ClarkHuffington PostJune 6th, 2013As a biologist and a mother, I would much rather leave my son a healthy planet with an abundance of wildlife for him to enjoy and cherish than a couple of sad woolly mammoths on display.
De-Extinction Debate: Should Extinct Species Be Revived?by Liza GrossKQEDJune 5th, 2013As conservation scientists struggle to stem the catastrophic loss of biodiversity, some synthetic biologists want to resurrect extinct species with back-breeding, cloning and genetic engineering.
Should We Bring Back the Passenger Pigeon and the Woolly Mammoth?by Elizabeth WeiseUSA TodayJune 2nd, 2013Ethicists, scientists, lawyers and biologists gathered at Stanford University to discuss "de-extinction."
Cloning for Stem Cells: Controversy, Againby Jessica CussinsBiopolitical TimesMay 30th, 2013Errors have been found and acknowledged in the recent paper on the creation of stem cells through cloning – a reminder that questions about the utility and risks of research cloning go deeper than “careless” duplication of images.
Panel on the Ethics of New Stem Cell Cloning Method [VIDEO][With CGS's Marcy Darnovsky]China Central TelevisionMay 23rd, 2013Anchor Anand Naidoo joins Marcy Darnovsky of the Center for Genetics and Society and Jeffrey Karp from the Harvard Stem Cell Institute to talk about the controversy surrounding a recent study involving cloning techniques to produce human stem cells.
Stem-Cell Cloner Acknowledges Errors in Groundbreaking Paperby David Cyranoski & Erika Check HaydenNatureMay 23rd, 2013A blockbuster paper that reported the creation of human stem-cell lines through cloning has come under fire.
Back to the Future: Cloning Human Stem Cells [VIDEO]Al JazeeraMay 17th, 2013Three commentators, including a scientist who previously supported research cloning, agree that the availability of less controversial alternatives for producing disease-specific and patient-specific stem cells makes this approach unnecessary.
Human Stem Cell Cloning: 'Holy Grail' or Techno-Fantasy?by David KingCNNMay 17th, 2013We are told that there will be great medical benefits and that the risks that there will be cloned babies are small, but in truth it's the other way round.
Cloning-Derived Stem Cells Raise Policy Questionsby Jessica CussinsBiopolitical TimesMay 16th, 2013Yesterday’s announcement that stem cells have been derived from cloned human embryos set off a media flurry, but important questions about reproductive cloning and women’s health were not widely addressed.
Cloning, Stem Cells Long Mired In Legislative Gridlock[Quotes CGS's Marcy Darnovsky]by Julie RovnerNPRMay 16th, 2013The news that U.S. scientists have successfully cloned a human embryo seems almost certain to rekindle a political fight that has raged, on and off, since the announcement of the creation of Dolly the sheep in 1997.
US Scientists With Cloning Techniques Created Human Embryonic Stem Cells[Quotes CGS's Marcy Darnovsky]MercoPressMay 16th, 2013Stem cells have been a research focus for more than a decade because they can morph into any type of cell, potentially leading to treatments to replace damaged cells and organs. But along with the promise of the technology has come ethical questions and worry over human clones.
Scientists Create Human Stem Cells Through Cloningby Sharon BegleyReutersMay 15th, 2013After more than 15 years of failures by scientists around the world and one outright fraud, biologists have finally created human stem cells by the same technique that produced Dolly the cloned sheep.
Stem Cells Recovered From Cloned Human Embryos[Quotes CGS's Marcy Darnovsky]by Malcolm RitterAssociated PressMay 15th, 2013One expert called the work a landmark, but noted that a different, simpler technique now under development may prove more useful.
Research cloning development underscores the need for US to prohibit reproductive cloning[Press statement]May 15th, 2013Legislation should be put in place immediately, says public interest group
Earth Day in Biopoliticsby Jessica CussinsBiopolitical TimesApril 22nd, 2013In honor of Earth Day, let’s hope for a move away from “greenwashed” PR stunts and techno-fixes toward conservation, sustainability, and social responsibility.
Resurrected Mammoths and Dodos? Don't Count on itby David EhrenfeldThe GuardianMarch 23rd, 2013Let's focus on conserving living animals, not on an expensive quest to bring back extinct ones – or some variation of them.
A Stealthy De-Extinction Startupby Antonio RegaladoMIT Technology ReviewMarch 19th, 2013By reviving lost species, a new company could put a warm and fuzzy face on advanced reproductive engineering.
The Narcissism of De-Extinctionby Hannah WatersScientific AmericanMarch 15th, 2013If people had the ability to resurrect extinct species and reintroduce them to the wild, should we direct our energy and resources towards it?
If Your Dog is About to Die, Why Not Clone It?by Leo HickmanGuardianMarch 11th, 2013A researcher in South Korea claims he can clone your pet. All he needs is some tissue from the animal and $100,000.
Potentially Endless Line of Mice Clonedby Tanya LewisNBC NewsMarch 8th, 2013Japanese researchers have created a potentially endless line of mice cloned from other cloned mice, with no accumulated abnormalities.
Should Cloning be Used for “De-Extinction”? by John R. PlattScientific AmericanMarch 6th, 2013Scientists are working on ways to revive species like the wooly mammoth, raising thorny ethical questions.
Neanderthal Clone Poll Finds Most Americans Oppose Cloning Human Relative by Emily SwansonHuffington PostJanuary 30th, 2013Most Americans are opposed to allowing any scientist to attempt such a feat - with or without a human surrogate.
Neo Neanderthal[With CGS's Pete Shanks]by Alyona MinkovskiHuffPost LiveJanuary 25th, 2013A leading geneticist at Harvard Medical School says he can clone a Neanderthal and resurrect the extinct species. What are the ethical issues, risks and benefits?
Neanderthal Cloning Comments Spark Controversy in Scientific Community[Quotes CGS's Pete Shanks]by Jason KoeblerUS NewsJanuary 25th, 2013The suggestion that scientists would need a "cohort" of Neanderthals is "irresponsible speculation."
George Church on Neanderthal Clones and Designer Babies by Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesJanuary 23rd, 2013George Church now says that he doesn't advocate cloning a Neanderthal with a human surrogate. Here's some context.
Interview with George Church: Can Neanderthals Be Brought Back from the Dead?by Philip Bethge and Johann GrolleDer SpiegelJanuary 18th, 2013The English translation of the interview in which George Church of Harvard University explains how genetic technology and synthetic biology might permit the creation of a Neanderthal-like clone that could be gestated by a woman.
Guest Post by Arthur Caplan on Human Reproductive Cloningby Arthur CaplanKnoepfler Lab Stem Cell BlogJanuary 8th, 2013"The issue of human cloning for reproduction is one of the greatest non-issues in the history of ethical disputes in America and around the world."
Human Cloning 'Within 50 Years'by Nick CollinsThe Telegraph (UK)December 18th, 2012Parents who lose children in accidents may be able to clone "copies" to replace them within 50 years, a British scientist who won this year's Nobel prize for medicine has predicted.
With Animals Under Threat, Brazilian Team Aims to Clone 8 Wild Speciesby Jenny BarchfieldThe Washington PostNovember 15th, 2012Cloning can’t be a substitute for protecting endangered animals, but Brazilian researchers are turning to it nonetheless to help offset the perilous decline of several animal species.
Clones and Cloud Atlasby Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesNovember 13th, 2012Of the many characters in Cloud Atlas that explore what it means to be human, the most eloquent is a genetically engineered clone.
Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells and Germline Engineeringby Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesOctober 16th, 2012Japanese researchers have created mice by using sperm and eggs grown from induced pluripotent stem cells, a development that could bring human germline engineering much closer.
The Reunion - Dolly the Sheepby Sue MacGregorBBCSeptember 24th, 2012Five people involved in creating Dolly discuss the impact of their breakthrough in a radio interview.
Another Commercial for Dog Cloningby Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesMay 25th, 2012A TV network seems to be attempting a proof of PT Barnum's famous proposition.
First Cloned Pet Turns 10by Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesFebruary 15th, 2012The first cloned cat was announced 10 years ago this week, but her birth did not herald a successful industry.
A New Push for Human Cloning in Koreaby Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesJanuary 20th, 2012Korean Professor Park Se-pill has confidently announced his intention to clone human embryos and derive stem cells from them, and is even willing to discuss human reproductive cloning.
Cloning vs. Conservation[Opinion]by John RennieSmart PlanetDecember 20th, 2011Cloning is a dangerous and misguided substitute for the preservation of biodiversity.
How to Use $90? Buy a Gene Ring, or Burn for Warmth?by Doug PetBiopolitical TimesDecember 8th, 2011ConnectMyDNA is marketing the “Gene Ring,” which it baselessly claims can reveal your genetic compatibility to other Gene Ring purchasers, and your ties to foreign countries.
Disgraced S Korean Cloner Hwang Back with Coyote ClaimBBC NewsOctober 17th, 2011Disgraced South Korean scientist Hwang Woo-suk, who fabricated research on human embryos, claims to have cloned coyotes for the first time.
Celebrating Our Bodies Ourselvesby Doug PetBiopolitical TimesSeptember 29th, 2011A series of public events marks the 40th anniversary of Our Bodies Ourselves.
Turning 40, Going Globalby Gina Maranto, Biopolitical Times guest contributorSeptember 28th, 2011Born in Boston, Our Bodies, Ourselves has become an international force for women's rights.
Gallup Poll: Cloning Still Unpopularby Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesJune 1st, 2011The annual Gallup survey of opinion on moral issues shows continuing strong opposition to reproductive cloning.
EU talks over cloned meat collapseby Alistair DriverFarmers GuardianMarch 29th, 2011EU talks on the regulation of food from cloned animals have collapsed again, leaving the issue clouded in doubt.
EU institutions clash over animal cloning regulationsby Jennifer RankinEuropeanVoice.comMarch 24th, 2011Only days are left to break the cloning deadlock, while Members of Parliament demand a ban on food from offspring of clones.
Animal death toll ends cloning trials [New Zealand]by Kiran ChugThe Dominion PostFebruary 21st, 2011Although cloning trials will no longer be conducted, AgResearch will continue to develop transgenic cattle, sheep and goats.
Remember the Raelians? They're back, pushing GM crops by Marcy DarnovskyBiopolitical TimesJanuary 31st, 2011The pro-cloning cult is lending its support to a UK government push for genetically modified food.
Dog, Inc.: A Book About Peopleby Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesJanuary 11th, 2011A new book about dog cloning offers a deadpan description of the people involved.
Like Supreme Court, reactions divided on fertility industry ruling[Canada]by Sharon Kirkey and Janice TibbettsCanada.comDecember 22nd, 2010Critics say the ruling placing much of Canada's burgeoning fertility industry under provincial control leaves an enormous gap in the regulation of artificial procreation.
Divided Supreme Court strikes down key federal powers over fertility industry[Canada]by Janice Tibbetts and Sharon KirkeyCanada.comDecember 22nd, 2010The court split on whether assisted human reproduction should fall under federal control or provincial jurisdiction. Criminal bans on human cloning, surrogacy and commercial trade of eggs and sperm — which were never contested by Quebec — remain in place.
Clone zone: Bringing extinct animals back from the dead[United Kingdom]by Rebecca MorelleBBC News October 29th, 2010However, the technology is not without its critics.
Human clones: Hellraisers or angels?[Russia]by Olga GumanovaPravda.RuOctober 22nd, 2010Attendees of the "Science.Philosophy.Religion." conference in Russia discuss the ethics of human cloning.
Nobel Award for IVF Sparks Speculationby Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesOctober 7th, 2010The Nobel Prize awarded to Robert Edwards, for developing IVF, provoked some disturbing speculation.
The Genetic Gist of JIMby Jillian TheilBiopolitical TimesOctober 7th, 2010A new independent film with a timeless message.
Never Let Me...Clone?by Jillian TheilBiopolitical TimesSeptember 16th, 2010New film explores a world with reproductive clones raised for organ donation.
You're looking swell, Dolly, but no human copies, please [United Kingdom]by Roger Highfieldwatoday.comAugust 21st, 2010The creator of the world's first cloned sheep says cloning a person would be utterly irresponsible.
Medicine, not food, may have more to gain from cloning [Quoting CGS's Pete Shanks]by Rick BarrettMilwaukee Journal Sentinel August 14th, 2010The cloning of animals may have come from agriculture, but its real promise may be in the lucrative field of medicine rather than as food.
Zoo plans to bring rare animals back from the dead by Peter AldhousNew ScientistJune 30th, 2010Researchers describe how they have created induced pluripotent stem cells from the frozen cells of an endangered monkey.
60 Minutes on “Resurrecting the Extinct”by Osagie ObasogieBiopolitical TimesJune 2nd, 201060 Minutes re-aired a story about using cloning techniques to resurrect extinct animals like the mammoth and to save endangered species.
Fiction in Scienceby Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesMay 7th, 2010The journal Science cheapens its coverage of an important paper by including speculation, which it refutes, about the cloning of Neanderthals.
Cloning in the Blogosphere by Jesse ReynoldsBiopolitical TimesApril 28th, 2010A discussion of reproductive cloning among prominent economics and political blogs was instigated by one writer's overt narcissism.
A Strange Provision in Federal Stem Cell Billby Jesse ReynoldsBiopolitical TimesMarch 22nd, 2010A bill to codify federal embryonic stem cell research policy contains an odd section regarding reproductive cloning.
Human Cloning Ban Extended [Russia]Moscow TimesMarch 11th, 2010The Russian State Duma has renewed a temporary ban on human cloning.
The Motherland Needs ... Clones of Me!by Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesMarch 3rd, 2010Ultra-nationalist Russian politician Vladimir Zhirinovsky objects unsuccessfully to extending the Russian moratorium on reproductive human cloning.
Human cloning ban passes Senate [Arizona]by Luige del PuertoArizona Capitol TimesMarch 1st, 2010The Arizona Senate passed a referendum that would ban human cloning in Arizona, despite opposition from lawmakers who said the bill is a waste of time because it addresses an imaginary problem.
Russian politician says wants to be cloned for nation's sakeRIA NovostiFebruary 26th, 2010Leader of a Russian political party said cloning should be permitted in Russia and proposed cloning himself
Should We Clone Neanderthals? The scientific, legal, and ethical obstaclesby Zach ZorichArchaeology (March/April 2010)There are still technical obstacles, but soon it could be possible to use that long-extinct genome to safely create a healthy, living Neanderthal clone. Should it be done?
Cellular reprogramming and bans on reproductive cloningby Jesse ReynoldsBiopolitical TimesJanuary 19th, 2010A recent paper argues that prohibitions against human reproductive cloning should be strengthened to cover any method.
Cloning for Kicksby Pete ShanksGeneWatch (Sep-Oct 2009)The enthusiasm for cloning animals has survived the failure of the technique to develop as once expected.
Anti-cloning law renewed for 7 years [Israel]by Judy Siegel-ItzkovichThe Jerusalem PostOctober 13th, 2009A bill to extend until 2016 the law that prohibits human cloning for reproductive purposes was passed by the Israeli Knesset plenum.
Russia extends human cloning banRIA NovostiOctober 2nd, 2009Russia has extended a moratorium on human cloning that expired two years ago by five years
Monkeys, Mitochondria, and the Human Germline by Jesse ReynoldsBioethics ForumSeptember 18th, 2009The researchers into radically novel techniques display an alarmingly casual attitude toward risks to the potential children born, the difficulties and dangers of obtaining the large numbers of the required women's eggs, and the potentially dire social consequences of human inheritable genetic modification.
Transhumanist libertarian: Still against democracyby Jesse ReynoldsBiopolitical TimesAugust 26th, 2009Permeating libertarian Ron Bailey's response to CGS's Marcy Darnovsky is a disturbing hostility to democracy.
Dog Cloning Center to Open Next Yearby Kim Tong-hyungKorea TimesAugust 13th, 2009A South Korea-based biotech firm plans to open a research center for canine cloning early next year.
Would you like them with a mouse?by Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesAugust 3rd, 2009Japanese scientists report that mice have (almost) been fooled into making mammoth eggs.
Live mice and sperm - both from stem cells - create new social and ethical challengesPublic interest group calls for federal oversight of reproductive usesJuly 26th, 2009Recent developments in cell reprogramming methods raise significant new ethical and social challenges.
Scientists Breed Mice From Skin Cells in ChinaDevelopment May Offer an Alternative to Controversial Embryonic Stem Cellsby Rob SteinWashington PostJuly 23rd, 2009Scientists have bred mice from induced pluripotent stem cells, raising alarm that the advance could lead to human cloning and designer babies.
Michael Jackson, cloning, and assisted reproduction: The trivial and the troublingby Marcy DarnovskyBiopolitical TimesJuly 13th, 2009Michael Jackson was “obsessed” with cloning himself, and used assisted reproduction to produce three children “crafted to be `white’ enough to match [his] artfully devised if pathetically alienated image of himself.”
Suze Orman Approves Dog Cloning. Reluctantly.by Osagie ObasogieBiopolitical TimesJune 2nd, 2009Orman’s niche is to use plain-spoken common sense to berate people into saving money, investing conservatively, and living within their means. Which is why she had such a hard time with a call-in viewer who wanted to spend $100,000 on cloning his dog.
National Geographic’s Mammoth Cloning Fantasyby Osagie ObasogieBiopolitical TimesApril 30th, 2009National Geographic promotes the idea of "resurrecting" the extinct woolly mammoth via cloning without discussing the technical or ethical issues involved.
Pay no attention to the cloning clownby Jesse ReynoldsBiopolitical TimesApril 28th, 2009Panos Zavos should generally be ignored, and written off as a publicity-seeking quack.
Cloning Heats Up as Next Bioresearch Fightby Alex WayneCongressional QuarterlyApril 28th, 2009The next biomedical research debate in Congress is shaping up: whether to allow government funding of experiments using potential stem cells from cloned human embryos.
Fertility expert: 'I can clone a human being'by Steve ConnorThe IndependentApril 22nd, 2009A controversial doctor was filmed purportedly creating embryos before injecting them into wombs of women wanting cloned babies
The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill 2008A Commentaryby David KingApril 15th, 2009The director of Human Genetics Alert offers an analysis of the UK's new law governing human genetic and reproductive technologies.
Bill to Ban Human Cloning Signed by Governor (Montana)KFBBApril 1st, 2009A bill to ban human cloning in the state of Montana has officially been signed by Governor Schweitzer.
Cloning Keira Knightleyby Marcy DarnovskyBiopolitical TimesMarch 26th, 2009The British star will play the central character in a film adaptation of the 2005 novel "Never Let Me Go."
Obama on stem cell policy changeby Jesse ReynoldsBiopolitical TimesMarch 10th, 2009Yesterday's removal of restrictions on federal funding of human embryonic stem cell research by President Obama was both big and welcome news, and not just because the restrictions were unpopular and unduly restrictive.
The Latest on Stem-Cell Research in California [MP3 audio][Interviews CGS's Jesse Reynolds]KCRW's Which Way, L.A.?March 9th, 2009The President lifted the Bush restrictions on stem cell research. What’s the impact on California, where voters invested $3 billion five years ago?
Obama overturns Bush policy on stem cellsby Philip ElliottAssociated PressMarch 9th, 2009President Barack Obama cleared the way for a significant increase in federal dollars for embryonic stem cell research.
Beyond stem cells: Public interest group urges strong regulation and oversight of reproductive and genetic biotechnologiesCenter for Genetics and Society welcomes stem cell policy shiftMarch 9th, 2009CGS welcomed the new federal funding policy for stem cell research announced by President Barack Obama, and called for Congress and the NIH to heed his directive for "strict guidelines" that they "rigorously enforce."
Antinori Clones a Claimby Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesMarch 4th, 2009The controversial Italian fertility specialist Severino Antinori has said he cloned humans nine years ago, contradicting while roughly copying his own previous claims.
The Neanderthal campaignby Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesFebruary 19th, 2009Controversy about the idea of using genetic and cloning techniques in an effort to re-create Neanderthals.
Synthetic biology hackers announce "self-imposed moratorium"by Marcy DarnovskyBiopolitical TimesJanuary 14th, 2009Amateurs are cooking up entirely new genetically modified microbes. Will one of them turn out to be "a cataclysmic entity?"
And the Band Played Onby Osagie ObasogieBiopolitical TimesJanuary 3rd, 2009In this time of economic recession, many companies selling luxury goods are having a hard time making the case to consumers that their services are still worthy of premium prices. The pet cloning company BioArts has tried to maintain interest in its service – which can run tens of thousands of dollars per cloned animal – through working the media.
Public Opinion, Here and Abroad by Jesse ReynoldsBiopolitical TimesDecember 22nd, 2008In the last few days, two interesting public opinion polls on stem cell research, cloning, and related topics were released.
Bizarre Cloners and Serious Questionsby Marcy DarnovskyWhat's New in Life Science ResearchDecember 10th, 2008Obligatory puns notwithstanding, cloning - of humans, animals, and embryos for stem cells - is no laughing matter.
Regenerating a Mammoth for $10 Million by Nicholas WadeNew York TimesNovember 20th, 2008Scientists are talking for the first time about the old idea of resurrecting extinct species as if this staple of science fiction is a realistic possibility
Scientists hope to clone extinct speciesCNNNovember 4th, 2008Scientists have produced clones of mice that have been dead and frozen for 16 years
Will the UN revisit cloning?by Jesse ReynoldsBiopolitical TimesOctober 29th, 2008How are recent developments affecting a potential revival of a United Nations effort towards an international prohibition against cloning?
General Assembly ban on all human cloning to be reconsidered by UN ethics panelUN News CentreOctober 13th, 2008A United Nations ethics panel will examine whether the organization's nonbinding statement against cloning remains adequate.
Hank Greely on CGS and Human Genetic Modificationby Jesse ReynoldsBiopolitical TimesSeptember 19th, 2008While Stanford bioethicist Hank Greeley denies being "enthusiastic" about human genetic modification, he's certainly opposed to prohibitions on it or on reproductive cloning.
Canada: Are we already dining on clones?by Alex RoslinMontreal GazetteSeptember 6th, 2008Canadians may have been consuming food from clones for years without knowing it, despite a Health Canada ban.
The Strange Saga of "Bernann" McKinneyby Jesse ReynoldsBiopolitical TimesAugust 14th, 2008The story of the first happy customer of RNL Bio's new pet dog cloning service is almost too outlandish to mock. But while cloning certainly seems to attract more than its share of eccentrics, a dismissal is inappropriate.
Is It Time to Give Up on Therapeutic Cloning? A Q&A with Ian Wilmut by Sally LehrmanScientific AmericanJuly 22nd, 2008Is It Time to Give Up on Therapeutic Cloning? A Q&A with Ian Wilmut The creator of Dolly the sheep has ended his focus on somatic cell nuclear transfer, or cloning, in favor of another approach to create stem cells.
Muslims not prepared to declare cloning 'halal'Philippine Daily InquirerJune 26th, 2008Philippine's Muslim clerics and food experts said they were not yet prepared to adopt a ruling on whether or not to declare as "halal," which means permissible or lawful, experimental animal cloning.
Loophole in Embryology Bill could allow cloning without new legislationby Mark HendersonThe TimesJune 14th, 2008A loophole in the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill could permit some reproductive cloning without the need for fresh primary legislation, the Government has admitted.
Willy Wonka and the cloning factoryby Marcy DarnovskyBiopolitical TimesJune 5th, 2008Is Lou Hawthorne biotech's Willy Wonka?
Dog Cloning and Intellectual Propertyby Marcy Darnovsky and Jesse ReynoldsBiopolitical TimesJune 5th, 2008In the minor flurry of stories last month about an on-line auction of dog cloning services, the issue of intellectual property was completely overlooked. That’s too bad, since the cloning business, like so many others, is best understood by following the money.
Toward Jurassic Parkby Lynda HurstThe StarMay 31st, 2008The genetic footprints of the most threatened species are now being collected by the world's first DNA bank dedicated exclusively to endangered animals.
Company offers to clone dogs of highest bidders in auction[Quotes CGS's Marcy Darnovsky]by Marcus WohlsenAssociated PressMay 21st, 2008Commercial dog cloning by Hwang Woo-suk, who scandalized the international scientific community in 2005.
Cloning Man's Best Friend: How Far Would You Go to Keep Fido?[Quotes CGS's Marcy Darnovsky]by Miguel Marquez, Ariane Nalty, and Imaeyen IbangaGood Morning AmericaMay 21st, 2008ABC's nationally televised morning news and entertainment show had a segment on renewed efforts to clone pet dogs for profit.
Commercial dog cloning is more than just cute puppiesPublic interest groups cite concerns about potential human reproductive cloning and involvement of disgraced cloning researcher Woo Suk HwangMay 21st, 2008Three public interest and environmental groups are strongly criticizing a just-announced commercial dog cloning service.
CGS debates libertarian bioethicist Ronald Greenby Osagie ObasogieBiopolitical TimesApril 14th, 2008Countering advocacy of a designer-baby future in the Washington Post and on Talk of the Nation.
Toles on Meat Recallby Osagie ObasogieBiopolitical TimesMarch 3rd, 2008
A Day Late and a Dollar Shortby Osagie ObasogieBiopolitical TimesFebruary 22nd, 2008A question following the largest beef recall in American history: Why on earth has the FDA approved meat produced by cloning?
The New York Times’ New Hitmanby Osagie ObasogieBiopolitical TimesDecember 5th, 2007John Tierney has been writing for the New York Times for quite a while. But his most recent beat has entailed covering science and technology, where he has drunken the biohype kool-aid that’s apparently on tap at the Times’ watercooler.
Human Cloning Isn’t Monkey Businessby Osagie K. ObasogieGenetic CrossroadsNovember 29th, 2007Rarely have science, politics, and international diplomacy converged as intensely as they have over the past few days.
Dolly creator Prof Ian Wilmut shuns cloningby Roger HighfieldUK TelegraphNovember 16th, 2007Prof Ian Wilmut's decision to turn his back on "therapeutic cloning", just days after US researchers announced a breakthrough in the cloning of primates, will send shockwaves through the scientific establishment.
Monkey Cloning Raises Troubling Questions Unconnected to the Status of EmbryosLegislation is needed to prohibit reproductive cloning and reduce risks to women who provide eggs November 15th, 2007The apparent monkey cloning success at the Oregon National Primate Research Center gives new urgency to important social and safety issues raised by cloning-based stem cell research using human tissues, said the Center for Genetics and Society, a public interest organization.
Fourth-generation pig cloned in JapanAssociated PressAugust 8th, 2007A Japanese geneticist said Wednesday his research team created the world’s first fourth-generation cloned pig, an achievement that could help scientists in medical and other research.
Cloning Cult Enters Stem Cell Businessby Jesse ReynoldsBiopolitical TimesJuly 17th, 2007The alien love cult for the biotech century is back.
Nope, That’s Not a Hairy Elephantby Nicholas WadeNew York TimesCan the long-extinct mammoth be resurrected through the alchemy of modern biology?
Cloning human beings? The “inevitability” power playby Marcy DarnovskyBiopolitical TimesFebruary 22nd, 2007It's one thing to hear about the "inevitability" of human reproductive cloning from kooks. But from the editors of Nature?
Cloned Meat: the hidden agendas (behind the other hidden agendas)by Pete ShanksBiopolitical TimesJanuary 3rd, 2007Who is pushing to legalize cloned meat? Follow the money -- and there are strong connections to human genetic engineering.
The Trouble with Tissuesby Jesse ReynoldsBiopolitical TimesNovember 30th, 2006It's not surprising that, according to a recent poll, people are concerned that personal tissue samples could be used for cloning, the derivation of stem cell lines, or the development profitable products without the donor sharing in the rewards.
O Brave New World? No thanks.by Jesse ReynoldsBiopolitical TimesNovember 9th, 2006The popular science blogger Pharyngula not only defends the proposal in the UK to use cow eggs in research cloning, but calls for the resulting mostly-human clonal embryo to be implanted and brought to term - in a cow's uterus.
Book reviews: Stem cells, enhancement and cloningGenetic CrossroadsAugust 4th, 2006Genetic Crossroads reviews Stem Cell Wars (Eve Herold), Challenging Nature: The Clash of Science and Spirituality at the New Frontiers of Life (Lee M. Silver), and After Dolly: The Uses and Misuses of Human Cloning (Ian Wilmut and Roger Highfield)
How cloning stacks up[Quotes CGS's Marcy Darnovsky]by Gregory LambChristian Science MonitorJuly 18th, 2006Ten years after Dolly the sheep, more than a dozen other species have been cloned - but not humans. What might the next decade bring?
The United Nations Human Cloning Treaty Debate, 2000-2005June 1st, 2006In December 2001 the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution proposed by France and Germany calling on the UN to initiate a process intended to lead to a binding treaty banning human reproductive cloning.
Stem Cell Cautionby Richard HayesTom PaineMay 24th, 2006"I'm worried because in their over-the-top enthusiasm for stem cell and cloning research, Democrats are ignoring the many ways in which it could, if irresponsibly promoted and inadequately regulated, have consequences at odds with core Democratic values."
Other International Bodies and CloningA summary of policies and statements on reproductive and research cloning by the leadership of the European Union, World Health Organization, and the Group of Eight.
Reproductive Cloning Frequently Asked QuestionsAnswers to common questions concerning human reproductive cloning.
Reproductive Cloning Arguments Pro and ConSummary of the arguments for and against reproductive cloning as well as rebuttals to each side
Reproductive Cloning Basic ScienceReproductive cloning means creating a genetic duplicate of an existing organism. A human clone would be a genetic duplicate of an existing person.
I didn't clone Dolly the sheep, says profby Auslan CrambUK TelegraphMarch 8th, 2006When asked by a lawyer whether the statement "I did not create Dolly" was accurate, Professor Wilmut replied: "Yes."
Governing Biotechnologyby George AnnasGlobal Agenda MagazineFebruary 13th, 2006"Developments in biotechnology have made possible species-changing and even species-endangering procedures, says George Annas. We urgently need a global governance structure to regulate them."
Key Stem Cell Researcher VanishesThe Chosun IlboDecember 1st, 2005"With one of the core members of Seoul National University professor Hwang Woo-suk's research team stationed at the University of Pittsburgh disappearing, emergency alert has been initiated because of fears of a possible leak of stem cell technology. "
UNESCO Declarations on Bioethics and Human Rights The UNESCO Bioethics Programme has sponsored three nonbinding international agreements.
Editorial: Ethics Of Cloning: From a dog's earSeattle Post-IntelligencerAugust 5th, 2005As human reproductive cloning comes closer, "It's vital that we come up with a thoughtful roadmap for how to proceed. If we don't, we risk leaving those questions in the hands of religious and scientific fundamentalists..."
Fast-moving cloning developments spark new worriesby Carl T. HallSan Francisco ChronicleMay 30th, 2005"Rapid advances in cloning technology have prompted new warnings of lax oversight in one of the most controversial -- and confusing -- realms of science."
Opinion: Eggs Over Easy? False Dawn for Stem Cell Curesby Michael CookBioEdgeMay 25th, 2005Bioethicist Michael Cook challenges the promise of research cloning, in general, and Dr. Hwang's recent results, in particular.
New Cloning Study and Federal Stem Cell Bill Highlight Need for Strong Biotechnology OversightProgressive public interest group calls Castle-DeGette bill "a step in the right direction, but tougher oversight is still needed."May 20th, 2005
United Nations calls for Bans on Human CloningGenetic CrossroadsMarch 31st, 2005On Tuesday, March 8, after four years of debate, the United Nations General Assembly voted on a declaration calling for bans on the creation of clonal human embryos for research, as well as on reproductive cloning.
[UK] MPs say lift ban on reproductive human cloningThe ObserverMarch 20th, 2005A report from a committee of the UK House of Commons will recommend that human genetic modification, reproductive cloning, sex selection for social purposes, and human-animal chimeras should be permitted.
Conservatives Draft a 'Bioethics Agenda' for Presidentby Rick WeissWashington PostMarch 8th, 2005In a split with those to their right, a group of conservative bioethicists is working on a new bioethics agenda, including de-linking legislation regarding reproductive cloning from that concerning research cloning and stem cell research.
U.N. Divided: Human Clone BanAssociated PressMarch 8th, 2005After four years of talks, the UN General Assembly passed a nonbinding resolution calling on member states to ban all forms of human cloning. A treaty was previously abandoned due to division over whether the ban should include research cloning.
U.N. panel backs anti-cloning resolutionby Leyla LintonAssociated PressFebruary 23rd, 2005After several years of deliberations, the Sixth Committee of the United Nations has approved a nonbinding resolution urging nations to ban human cloning.
UN Talks Seek Compromise on Human Cloning Banby Irwin ArieffReutersFebruary 13th, 2005"U.N. diplomats, deadlocked for years over the drafting of treaty to ban the cloning of human beings worldwide, open negotiations on Monday on an alternative that would instead urge each government to adopt its own laws on human cloning."
Clone Your Troubles Away Dreaming at the frontiers of animal husbandry by David QuammenHarper'sFebruary 1st, 2005
New Zealand LegislationGenetic CrossroadsDecember 2nd, 2004
U.N. Abandons Idea of Anti-Cloning Treatyby Nick WadhamsAssociated PressNovember 19th, 2004"U.N. diplomats abandoned contentious efforts to draft a treaty that would outlaw human cloning and will likely settle for a weaker declaration that won't seek a comprehensive ban, officials said."
Italy offers compromise on cloningAssociated PressNovember 18th, 2004"Italy has offered a compromise on human cloning that seeks common ground among U.N. member states who are sharply divided over competing treaties to ban the practice, diplomats said."
UN Nears Showdown on Pact to Ban Stem Cell Studyby Irwin ArieffReutersNovember 11th, 2004"Talks at the United Nations appear to have failed to avert a new U.N. confrontation over a U.S.-led drive to ban all cloning of human embryos including for stem cell research, diplomats said on Thursday."
'Designer babies' bill through after eight years (New Zealand)stuff.co.nzNovember 11th, 2004New Zealand's Human Assisted Reproductive Technology was strongly supported in its third reading. Its original author laments that it has been weakened during its years of debate, although she still supports the bill.
Gene therapy is just an expensive myth, claim scientistsby Robert MatthewsThe Daily TelegraphOctober 31st, 2004A study of the impact of biotechnology on medical treatments to be published in the journal Trends in Biotechnology this week concludes that the claims surrounding gene therapy have been wildly exaggerated and that it is an expensive myth.
UN human cloning vote stalls yet againby Maggie McKeeNew ScientistOctober 25th, 2004"The United Nations has failed once again to reach a conclusion on a global ban on human cloning following two days of impassioned testimony from member nations."
U.N. Split on Human Cloning Banby Colum LynchWashington PostOctober 22nd, 2004"Britain, Japan, South Korea, India and scores of other close U.S. allies sought to head off the Bush administration's campaign to seek a global ban on all forms of human cloning, saying it would undercut scientific efforts to develop cures..."
S. Korea Backs [Delaying] U.N. Meeting on Stem Cell Researchby Irwin ArieffReutersOctober 19th, 2004"South Korea said on Tuesday it asked the United States to accept another year's delay in the drafting of a divisive treaty banning human cloning to allow time for a U.N. conference on the pros and cons of embryonic stem cell research."
Key UN Envoy Backs a Delay in Cloning Treaty Voteby Irwin ArieffReutersOctober 19th, 2004"A key U.N. diplomat pledged on Monday to do all he could to avoid a vote this year on a divisive treaty banning human cloning..."
UN considers cloning - againby Stephen PincockThe ScientistOctober 13th, 2004"The United Nations (UN) is due to revisit the vexed issue of an international convention against reproductive cloning next week, and observers are expecting more of the wrangling that has bedeviled the subject in the past."
English Lab Ready to Clone Embryos for Stem Cellsby Stephen S. HallNew York TimesOctober 12th, 2004This profile of the lab in the UK which will be conducting that nation's first research cloning experiments notes, among other things, that the UK does not intend to abide by any international convention prohibiting research cloning.
Genetics bill on the way after long labour (New Zealand)by Kevin TaylorNew Zealand HeraldOctober 5th, 2004Eight years after its first introduction, a bill to regulate assisted reproductive technologies - including bans on reproductive cloning, IGM, and sex selection for social reasons - is ready for floor debate.
The Great Stem Cell DivideThe science and politics of stem cell researchby Michelle L. BrandtStanford Medicine MagazineSeptember 30th, 2004The science and politics of stem cell research and Prop. 71
Discussing the ethics of altering human genesby Charles BurressSan Francisco ChronicleSeptember 30th, 2004At an event sponsored by the UC Berkeley Knight Program in Science and Environmental Journalism, CGS's Marcy Darnovsky and author Bill McKibben spoke to an overflow crowd about the challenges of the new human genetic technologies and California's Prop 71.
Brazil delays GM crops and cloning billby Luisa MassaraniSciDev.NetSeptember 24th, 2004A bill that would regulate a range of biological procudes, including cloning, has been delayed. The original bill would ban human cloning and all embryonic stem cell research. A proposed alternative would allow the research with IVF embryos.
Germany's Ethics Council Rejects CloningDeutsche WelleSeptember 13th, 2004"The National Ethics Council in Germany announced on Monday that it would continue to oppose the cloning of human embryos for research despite calls for more research into its benefits."
Babies at risk of being 'commodities', says Lord Winstonby Simon CollinsNew Zealand HeraldSeptember 2nd, 2004Lord Robert Winston, one of the chief pioneers of in vitro fertilization, expresses concern that PGD for tissue typing "raise[s] important questions about whether society might be at risk of allowing babies to be used as commodities."
Singapore bans cloningReutersSeptember 2nd, 2004A new Singapore law prohibits reproductive cloning while permitting research cloning, but only with significant oversight.
Scientists call for UN compromise on cloningby Tim Radford, science editorThe Guardian (UK)August 30th, 2004Britain's leading scientists today urge the United Nations to ban cloning of babies but leave open the door for cloning of embryo stem cells as treatments for so-far incurable illnesses.
Ethics Panel Head Calls for Loosening Cloning Ban (Germany)Deutche WelleAugust 19th, 2004The chairman of Germany's National Ethics Committee, Spiros Simitis, has called on Berlin to revisit the debate over the country's ban on therapeutic cloning. But the members of his committee fail to find unity.
Go-Ahead for Therapeutic Cloningby Claire KeetonAllAfrica.ComAugust 15th, 2004
GE babies banned - problems remain with HART bill (New Zealand)ScoopAugust 6th, 2004New Zealand's Green Party has reservations about the proposed regulatory structure for human genetic technologies.
Reported Efforts to Clone Human BeingsJuly 29th, 2004The Raelians' December 2002 claim that they had created the first human clone won them the headlines they wanted, but when it became clear that it wasturned out to be a hoax, the media lost interest. Later claims, by them and others, drew very little attention and were almost certainly just as fanciful. Nevertheless, activities intended to lead to the birth of a human clone as well as efforts to build public acceptance of reproductive cloning are underway.
International Policy Failures: Cloning and Stem-cell Researchby Carol A. Tauer The LancetJuly 10th, 2004
Challenges of Emerging Technologies: Reproductive Cloning and Inheritable Genetic Modificationby Marcy DarnovskyMay 7th, 2004Presentation at "Gender and Justice in the Gene Age," New York, NY
Report by the President's Council on Bioethics: Reproduction and ResponsibilityGenetic CrossroadsApril 9th, 2004
CGS NEWSGenetic CrossroadsApril 9th, 2004
Breaking the policy deadlock on cloning and assisted reproduction by Richard HayesSan Francisco ChronicleApril 4th, 2004
Specter of Cloning May Prove a Mirageby Stephen S. HallThe New York TimesFebruary 17th, 2004
Cloning surprise sparks raging controversySingapore Straits TimesFebruary 14th, 2004
Debate Over Cloning in U.S. Remains Intenseby Denise GradyThe New York TimesFebruary 12th, 2004
Cloning and Germline Intervention: U.S. Perspectives Perspectives on Reproductive Technologies and Biomedicineby Marcy DarnovskyOctober 13th, 2003Presentation at "Within and Beyond Human Nature," Berlin, Germany
Of Sheep and Menby Koichiro MatsuuraThe Daily StarSeptember 16th, 2003
FEDERAL LEGISLATIONGenetic CrossroadsMay 9th, 2003
STATE CLONING LEGISLATIONGenetic CrossroadsMay 9th, 2003
Cell Divisionby George Annas Boston GlobeApril 21st, 2003
Germline Warfareby Ralph BraveThe NationApril 7th, 2003Bill McKibben's "Enough" is reviewed by Ralph Brave at The Nation.
Human Biotechnology: Responding to Emerging Dangerous New Human Geneticsby Jesse ReynoldsZ MagazineMarch 31st, 2003
“Do We Want Science to Reinvent Human Aging?”by Bill McKibben and Gregory StockTranscript of live debateMarch 27th, 2003
The Threshold Challenge of the New Human Genetic TechnologiesMarch 1st, 2003We are fast approaching arguably the most consequential technological threshold in all of human history: the ability to alter the genes we pass to our children.
Human Cloning and Genetic TechnologyThe Global Challenge to Social Justice, Human Rights and the EnvironmentFebruary 25th, 2003The Heinrich Böll Foundation, the Center for Genetics and Society, and the Worldwatch Institute presented a briefing and discussion in Washington.
The Weapons of Mass CreationAre we ready for genetically enhanced 'designer people'? If so, who will make the titanic decisions involved?by Caroline S. WagnerLos Angleles TimesFebruary 13th, 2003
MEDIA REACTION TO RAELIAN CLONING CLAIMGenetic CrossroadsJanuary 12th, 2003
The Misstep of Human Cloningby Marcy DarnovskySan Francisco ChronicleJanuary 6th, 2003
A Threat to Our Coherent Human Futureby Bill McKibbenWashington PostJanuary 5th, 2003
Response to Cloning Claim December 30th, 2002
Experts Fear the Worst for Clones of Humans: Children face risk of being 'perpetually ill'by Carl T. HallSan Francisco ChronicleDecember 29th, 2002
Averting the clone age [PDF]Prospects and perils of human developmental manipulationby Stuart NewmanJournal of Contemporary Health Law and PolicyNovember 30th, 2002
SUPPORT FOR BANS ON HUMAN CLONINGGenetic CrossroadsNovember 26th, 2002
The New Eugenicsby Jesse ReynoldsZ MagazineOctober 31st, 2002
German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer Calls for International Accord on Human GeneticsGenetic CrossroadsOctober 25th, 2002
The Case Against Human Reproductive Cloning and Genetic Modification [PDF]by Tania SimoncelliOctober 4th, 2002Presentation at the 9th International Forum on Women's Rights and Development, hosted by the Association for Women's Rights in Development (AWID), Guadalajara, Mexico
UN Treaty to Ban Human Reproductive CloningGenetic CrossroadsSeptember 18th, 2002
Australia Bans All Human CloningGenetic CrossroadsSeptember 18th, 2002
Women's Health and the Cloning Debateby Elayne CliftWomens Feature Service September 16th, 2002
Missed Message: Deeper Analysis of the President’s Council on Bioethics ReportGenetic CrossroadsJuly 11th, 2002
The Science and Politics of Genetically Modified Humansby Richard HayesWorldwatchJuly 1st, 2002Will new genetic technologies be carefully controlled for their benefits—or will they inadvertently destroy civil society? Say hello to the post-human ideology.
The New Eugenicsby Michael DorseyWorld WatchJune 30th, 2002
Congress Debates Cloning's Two Branchesby Tom Abate San Francisco ChronicleJune 17th, 2002
Break the Cloning Deadlockby Richard HayesChristian Science MonitorJune 10th, 2002After a year of intense debate, the US Senate is set to vote on human cloning. Is there a way to break this deadlock? Yes, but it will require of both sides a realization of what is at stake and a willingness to compromise.
It's worth copying Canada's model for cloning legislationby Richard HayesSeattle TimesJune 3rd, 2002The United States should take the Canadian experience to heart. A broad and informed debate is essential if we are to realize the best and avoid the worst that the new genetic technologies have to offer. We cannot afford to do less on a matter of such consequence.
Towards a Global Bioethic?Prepared for the Franco-German Forum, Federal Foreign Office, Berlin,by Herr Joschka FischerJune 3rd, 2002
Inside the Very Strange World of Billionaire John Sperlingby Melanie WarnerFortuneApril 29th, 2002
A Timeout on Cloning Embryosby Richard HayesBaltimore SunApril 23rd, 2002The U.S. Senate is set to vote on human cloning within the next few weeks. Unfortunately, a polarized political climate and lack of political leadership could block urgently needed legislation.
Cloning: Now You See You, Now You See Two? The Dallas Morning NewsApril 22nd, 2002
Nucleus of the debateCall a timeout on cloning embryos for researchby Richard HayesSan Francisco ChronicleApril 17th, 2002Human Cloning will soon be voted on by the U.S. Senate. Unfortunately, a polarized political climate and lack of political leadership could block urgently needed legislation.
Coalition Urges a Ban on All Human Cloningby Mary LeonardThe Boston GlobeMarch 22nd, 2002
Liberal Anti-Cloners Up to Batby Kristen PhilipkoskiWiredMarch 19th, 2002A group of self-proclaimed liberal, pro-choice leaders held a press conference Tuesday to influence the Senate's votes on an anti-cloning bill.
Open Letter to US Senate on Human Cloning
Cloning: U.N. Debate Centers On Total Ban Or Allowance For Researchby Jim WurstUN WireFebruary 28th, 2002
Cloning Creates Odd Bedfellowsby Rick WeissThe Washington PostFebruary 10th, 2002
Biotech Companies Trying to Milk Cloning for Profitby Denise GelleneLos Angeles TimesDecember 16th, 2001
Scientists Boycott Conference Organized by Human Cloning AdvocateGenetic CrossroadsOctober 3rd, 2001
Women's Health and Reproductive Rights Leaders Call for Cloning BanGenetic CrossroadsAugust 18th, 2001
Cloning Advocates at the National Academy of SciencesGenetic CrossroadsAugust 18th, 2001
France and Germany Call for UN To Draft Global Cloning TreatyGenetic CrossroadsAugust 18th, 2001
Odd-Couple Pairing in US Cloning Debate: Abortion-Rights Activists Join GOP Conservatives by Tom AbateSan Francisco Chronicle August 9th, 2001
Cloning and the Debate on Abortionby Nigel Cameron and Lori AndrewsChicago TribuneAugust 8th, 2001
It's a Bird. . . It's a Plane. . . It's Supercloneby Katha Pollitt The Nation August 6th, 2001
What Cloning Has Wroughtby Gia Fenoglio National Journal MagazineAugust 4th, 2001
Unlikely Allies on Cloningby E. J. Dionne Jr.The Washington PostAugust 3rd, 2001
Ban Human Cloning Right Nowby Judy Norsigian and Stuart NewmanBoston GlobeAugust 3rd, 2001
Odd Mix of Activists Stands Together against CloningCoalition Supports Bill That Could Mean Fines, Prison Time for Scientists Involved in Practiceby Richard WillingUSA TodayJuly 16th, 2001
Human Germline Manipuation and Cloning as Women's Issuesby Marcy DarnovskyGeneWatchJune 30th, 2001
A Real "Brave New World"What Human Genetic Engineers Plan for Your Futureby Mark Gabrish ConlanZenger's NewsmagazineJune 27th, 2001Opponents of human genetic engineering spoke forcefully at a workshop at San Diego City College June 24 as part of the Biojustice/Beyond Biodevastation V event.
HUMAN CLONING UPDATEGenetic CrossroadsMay 16th, 2001
Don't Clone Humans!by Rudolf Jaenisch and Ian WilmutScienceMarch 30th, 2001
American-Italian Team Says It Will Begin Cloning EffortGenetic CrossroadsFebruary 21st, 2001
Biotech Industry Position on Human CloningGenetic CrossroadsFebruary 21st, 2001
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