February 29, 2024


Last week there was no issue of BioEdge. Our apologies.
The Editor was felled by the flu.


A book on the cloning debate by the world’s most prominent spokesman for therapeutic cloning is being launched this week. Ian Wilmut’s After Dolly: The Uses and Misuses of Human Cloning", written with the science editor of the London Telegraph, reviews current scientific and social policy.

In an interview with the London Times, Dr Wilmut contends that it might be immoral not to use cloning in order to produce disease-free babies. "We shouldn’t be so frightened of these technologies," he says. Although he thinks that it is unlikely that qualities like intelligence can be modified, he is not opposed to it in theory. "If in the future people were confident enough I think it would deserve serious consideration," he muses.