Word is that two famous scientists have joined their cloning forces in some collaborative research. Hwang Woo-Suk of South Korea, known for his successful cloning of the first human embryo, and Ian Wilmut of Edinburgh, Scotland,is famous for cloning dolly the sheep. Their new joint research will focus on Lou Gehrig’s disease and Alzheimer’s. By taking a cell from a patient with Lou Gehrig’s disease, and then cloning that patient will be the basis of their research. Of course the ethical problem is creating a cloned person for the sole purpose of doing destructive research.
- Jennifer Lahl, MA, BSN, RN, is founder and president of The Center for Bioethics and Culture Network. Lahl couples her 25 years of experience as a pediatric critical care nurse, a hospital administrator, and a senior-level nursing manager with a deep passion to speak for those who have no voice. Lahl’s writings have appeared in various publications including Cambridge University Press, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Dallas Morning News, and the American Journal of Bioethics. As a field expert, she is routinely interviewed on radio and television including ABC, CBS, PBS, and NPR. She is also called upon to speak alongside lawmakers and members of the scientific community, even being invited to speak to members of the European Parliament in Brussels to address issues of egg trafficking; she has three times addressed the United Nations during the Commission on the Status of Women on egg and womb trafficking.