‘Frankenstein’ Scientist Clones Himself
Now all we need is “Frankenstein” to do a reality T.V. show or maybe the clone can be like Truman and we can watch him all day. Is that crazy? The scenarios are limitless on things that can go wrong and the ethical questions are many....
In a breakthrough certain to provoke an ethical furore, Samuel Wood created embryo copies of himself by placing his skin cells in a woman’s egg. The embryos were the first to be made from cells taken from adult humans.
Although they survived for only five days and were smaller than a pinhead, they are seen as a milestone in the quest for treatments for diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
But critics fear the technology could be exploited by mavericks to clone babies and accused the scientists of reducing the miracle of human life to a factory of spare parts. DM