There is no scientific need to clone embryos

The pious declarations by scientists that human cloning would never be undertaken were – on the evidence of last month – not to be taken seriously. David van Gend explains why developments in the United States will actually be bad for medicine.

The first of a race of laboratory human beings has been created, the first absolute orphan.

The cloned embryo, unlike its IVF cousin, has no mother or father, and is intended for destruction. It is the identical twin of its tissue-donor, which might be a living person or a dead person, or even just a fragment of anonymous human tissue from the hospital freezer.

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