UK Cloning Controversy
a brave new world in Britain, the first country in the world to legalize
limited cloning of human embryos. A cloning clause was included in
a piece of legislation, which allows the destruction of embryos for
stem cell research. are extremely useful for many medical applications since
they can mature into any type of cell in the body, be it a liver cell,
brain cell, muscle cell, etc. Researchers hope stem cells will provide
the basis for cures for hundreds of diseases, and to create perfect
matches for transplants. Currently, the best source of stem cells
is from human embryos, which is very controversial. This is why researchers
want to pursue cloning embryos as a source for stem cells.
legislation states the cloned embryos would have to be destroyed
after 14 days, but right-to-life groups are fighting the legislation.
Opponents say there are loopholes in the law that could lead to
the creation of cloned babies.