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Cloning Humans Cloning already happens by accident not particularly often but often enough that we all know examples Identical twins are true clones of each other with the same genes So the new discovery just announced from Edinburgh cant be all that radical in its moral and ethical implications Heavens foundations dont quiver every time a pair of identical twins is born Nevertheless two bees seem to be buzzing around in public bonnets First the new technique makes baby duplicates of an existing adult We might as it were clone Stephen Hawking or Mother Teresa and this is not the same thing as twins of the same age Second the specter is raised of multiple clones regiments of identical individuals marching by the thousand in lockstep to a Brave New Millennium Looked at in certain ways both these notions can be made to seem unpleasant Phalanxes of identical little Hitlers goosestepping to the same genetic drum is a thought so horrifying as to overshadow any lingering curiosity we might have over the final solution to the nature or nurture problem But do you whisper to yourself a secret confession Wouldnt you love to be cloned Ive never admitted it before but I think I would This has nothing to do with vanity with thinking that the world would be a better place if there was another one of me going on after Im dead It is pure curiosity I know how I turned out having been born in the 1940s schooled in the 1950s come of age in the 1960s and so on I find it a personally riveting thought that I could watch a small copy of myself fifty years younger and wearing a baseball hat instead of a solar topee nurtured through the early decades of the twenty first century Mightnt it feel almost like turning back your personal clock fifty years And mightnt it be wonderful to
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