X-Message-Number: 7746
From: Peter Merel <>
Subject: Of Sheep And Men
Date: Mon, 24 Feb 1997 21:05:17 +1100 (EST)

I expect almost everyone here has heard the news from Britain: a live
adult sheep has been cloned. The clone is fertile, and pregnant.

This raises a profound dilemma for those cryo-orgs that have undertaken
to freeze tissue samples on the basis that they will eventually thaw the
cells and produce clones from them.  On the one hand, this now being
practicable, they must be seen to do their utmost to fulfill their
clients' wishes, or else their other clients may doubt their goodwill.
On the other, assuming the problems of obtaining willing surrogates and
IVF personnel can be surmounted, this activity can only draw the most
unsympathetic attention from the press, the medical industry, and legislators.

A general question to the orgs then: what do you intend to do with
cloning technology now that it is available to you?

Peter Merel.

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