Cloned Human Embryos Produced

Researchers at Oregon Health and Science University announced last week that they have produced embryonic stem cells from cloned human embryos that are genetically identical to an 8-month-old child who needs treatment.
Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston issued a statement that said human cloning was immoral, even if for therapeutic purposes. “Whether used for one purpose or the other, human cloning treats human beings as products, manufactured to order to suit other people’s wishes. It is inconsistent with our moral responsibility to treat each member of the human family as a unique gift of God, as a person with his or her own inherent dignity. A technical advance in human cloning is not progress for humanity but its opposite.”

The researchers in Oregon created more than 120 human embryos to produce six embryonic stem cell lines. Researchers say they never intended for their actions to lead to the birth of a child, but noted the stem cells would be used as “replacement” tissue or organs, and to help treat some diseases, the New York Times reported.

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