Should We Play God?

Because the same procedure used to make a carbon copy of the sheep is also theoretically applicable to cloning human beings, many ethical and philosophical questions have been raised. The thought of replicating humans is frightening and most scientists, including Dr. Wilmut and his coworkers, believe that it would be unethical to try to clone humans. Cloning people is banned in Britain, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, The Netherlands, and Spain. Federal funding for human cloning research is prohibited in the United States and President Clinton requested the private sector to voluntarily ban the research. Exploitation of this technology, however, cannot be prevented. Even though laws are passed forbidding research on replicating people, it would still be possible to continue these experiments secretly in private laboratories or in countries with no laws against such research.