Tuesday, August 31, 2004

Cloning the Dead

In this case of life imitating art, a doctor cloned cells from a deceased infant. Does this remind anyone of the movie The Godsend?

For an undisclosed fee from the parents, Dr Zavos and his Kentucky team inserted genetic material from the child's skin cells into a cow egg, where they continued to grow. The resulting embryos were then terminated.

The doctor claimed this was an experiment only; but of course, such experimentation has a purpose--the future fabrication of a human being. Otherwise, what's the point?

I feel sorry for those who have lost loved ones. I, too, have suffered through these tragedies, so I empathize with their pain. But something needs clarification:

The cloned person may look and sound exactly like your child. He/she may be genetically identical to your child.

But he/she is not your child. The new person is his/her own, unique individual. A person is more than his genetics--more even than his upbringing. We are all made in the image of God, as free moral agents. This is not a resurrection of your child.

It's self-delusion, of a tragic sort.

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