February 26th, 2002, 01:43 AM
Global Ban on Human Cloning
Greetz everyone. I just thought I'd post this article to keep you updated on human cloning.You can view the original article here.
IMO, it's a good thing. I think the cloning of humans should be banned. I've posted a thread on human cloning a while ago in this thread. Here's the article:
U.N. Panel Begins Drafting Global Ban on Cloning
Mon Feb 25, 7:18 PM ET
By Irwin Arieff
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Spurred on by rapid biotechnological advances, a U.N. committee on Monday launched an initial round of talks aimed at drafting an international treaty to ban the cloning of human beings.
The United Nations (news - web sites) set up the special panel last year, at the request of France and Germany, after Italian fertility specialist Severino Antinori announced his intention to become the first scientist to clone a human being.
Numerous firms have since boasted of rapid progress in research into the mechanics of cloning a variety of animals as well as humans, their organs and cells.
Just this month, the first cat was cloned in what scientists described as a way to blend research with people's sentimentality about their pets.
But the idea of fashioning human clones in a laboratory continues to generate outrage around the world and across the political spectrum, despite the promised benefits of some avenues of research.
"Once this technological genie is out of the bottle, trying to control it will be extremely difficult," said Health Law Professor George Annas of the Boston University School of Public Health.
"Governments urgently need to agree upon international policies to ban human reproductive cloning and other technologies of genetic manipulation that could undermine society and our common humanity," Annas said in a printed statement.
Annas was one of several scientific experts and human rights activists due to address a news conference at U.N. headquarters on Tuesday on the need for strong international controls on cloning practices. The treaty drafting process is expected to take years, and all 189 U.N. member-nations are free to participate in the special committee's deliberations.
The panel has so far scheduled only an initial week of meetings, intended to explore various approaches to the drafting of a global accord, and a second week of negotiations beginning Sept. 23. During Monday's session, Syrian envoy Mohamed Haj Ibrahim and Iraqi diplomat Abdul Munim Al-Kadhe questioned why no Arab experts had been named to advise the panel while an Israeli expert, Dr. Carmel Shalev, had been asked to speak about the human rights aspects of cloning.
U.N. staffer Vaclav Mikulka said experts had been selected on the basis of recommendations from the World Health Organization (news - web sites) and the U.N. Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization and did not represent individual nations. Shalev is a member of U.N. Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women and directs the ethics unit at Israel's Gertner Institute for Health Policy Research.
February 26th, 2002, 01:53 AM
I think it's a step in the wrong direction. We have the technology and should be using it.
On the other hand I can see how such technology has the potential to be abused and the religous implication also....I guess I'm just a fence sitter........
February 26th, 2002, 02:03 AM
It is to some extent but all in all I think it's a good thing. Having the technology is more frightening than actualy using it. What would happen if that ttechnology leaked out or was stolen by a spy of some sort. Think about what would happen then. All forms of technology have the potential to be abused. It's not just the religious implication that bothers me, it's the threat of it being abused.
February 26th, 2002, 02:10 AM
The idea of being created and then owned by a corporation does not sit well with me.
February 26th, 2002, 02:10 AM
First off, successful human cloning is a few years off, many scientists who have tried haven't been successful due to several different kinds of complications. One thing I ask is: What is the fear of clones? My only fear is that they might not be given the full rights of a human being. Clones would still grow like a normal human, need to be born from a woman, and also, they wouldn't be like the person who was cloned at all. Quite different personality, and while looking similar, it wouldn't be completely indistiguishable from the person cloned.
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February 26th, 2002, 02:11 AM
Conf1rmed_K1ll.... i ahve to disagree with you on that on the fact we should use such technology. first, the said technology is not tried and true. we have no idea what the outcome will be if we use this technology. second, abuse of this will definitely occur, just as abuse of all other technology occurs. third, religiously this practice would be wrong. no matter what god you believe in, no one has the right to create life. finally though, i believe that no one has the right to decide how a life should be. i believe no human being has the right to decide how a life to be. i believe that everything happens for a reason... call it destiny, call it fate, call it god, call it whatever. we can not limit this force. by doing it we are breaking a law on a level most of us will probably never understand.
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February 26th, 2002, 02:12 AM
I really think cloning is a bad idea for many reasons, one of them as was stated above. I do not fancy being "owned" by some corporation like Microsoft.
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February 26th, 2002, 02:15 AM
Yeah Uraloony! We'd probably be created and used as slave labor as phone tech support. Now that is definatly the nightmare!!!
February 26th, 2002, 02:17 AM
Its not ethical either, imagine, the people witht he most money will clonde themselves... Now imagine 20 Bill Gates or Steven Case's... Now if only Linus would clone himself
February 26th, 2002, 02:18 AM
Good point but I guess I'm just a geek at heart and I love the fact that we can clone. The technology just kinda blows me away.....
Originally posted by R_A_
All forms of technology have the potential to be abused.
Quite true, but does that mean we should ban all of this marvellous technology? Imagine if the 'net suddenly ceased to exist due to the suspected use of it by terrorists....Anyway, I'm getting a little off topic.....It's good to see such threads as this once again grace the homepage of AO...