X-Message-Number: 13881
Date: Fri, 09 Jun 2000 23:09:02 -0500
From: david pizer <>
Subject: Ethical new body for frozen brain

Whenever the topic of growing a new body for a frozen head (or mainly the
brain inside this nifty container) comes up there is the ethical question
of if you grow a clone body for your brain, what do you do with the new
brain in the clone?

If you remove the brain from the clone, and put your brain in it, that
seems like murder.

Some people have suggested that a body can be grown with the genes for
making the brain shut off.  Other people think that the clone needs the
brain to be working during the growing process to regulate organs during
the growing to maturity process.

Even if the clone has to be grown with a brain, I think there may be a
solution to the ethical problem.  You could grow a twin body with one brain
that connects to two bodies hooked together at the top of the heads.  This
occurs in some animals in nature, so it must be something that would be
easy to duplicate.  When both bodies were mature, doctors would remove one
body from the clone for your brain and leave the brain in the other body
and let that person live on.


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