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If theres a line in the sand defining the risks of science then it will be shifting all the timePhilip Cohen 4 And that line must shift For humans seem to have an innate need to push the edge of the envelope We climbed Mount Everest even though we knew it was almost impossible We broke the sound barrier even though dozens of pilots died trying We even cloned a sheep even though we knew wool was going out of style We attempted everything to answer the immortal question Can it be done The more importantly the question that never got asked is Should it be done Thankfully people are asking both questions in regard to human cloning The largest criticism comes from Lori Andrews an expert on the legal aspects of reproduction at Kent college of Law in Chicago She and her colleagues fear what might happen if clinics attempt to clone a human before the risks have been reduced to an acceptable levelCohen 5 And she is not alone President Clinton recently asked the Bioethics Advisory Commission to review the prospect of human cloning This commission composed of eighteen medical legal and ethics experts concluded that it would be morally unacceptable for anyone in the public or private sectorto create a child by implanting cloned embryos in a woman N Seppa 367 Clinton found the commission findings so compelling that it drove him to personally write legislation addressing the panels concerns According to the Presidents new bill no federal money may be used to support research on human cloningN Seppa 367 Once this bill is passed the only scientists who will be able to continue research will be those in the private sector The private sector has already taken action The aptly named Dr Richard Seed announced plans to open a clinic to produce human clonesfor desperate couplesHoyland 3 Surprisingly the idea of opening a fully functional cloning clinic is not
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