The debate over stem cell research and ultimately human cloning certainly generates a lot of smoke and mirrors, but beneath this fa?de, there is a very real and profound issue at stake. Unfortunately, most of what is said and written in the press baffles the average person on the street with its use of highly technical language and less than rigorous critical analysis. The search for the facts regarding this issue can be difficult for those who do not have any significant background in biology, particularly genetics.
For those who want to know more, www.cloningproposition.org is a great place to start. It provides easy to understand explanations of the basic science, ethics, economics and policy implications surrounding the issue. The site contains something for everyone who is looking for clear thinking on the profound implications of the current proposition, with references from the President’s Commission on Bioethics, the U.N., and leading thinkers in the debate. It is accessible to those who are looking for the basics but also has references that provide the nuanced thinking that is sometimes required with in-depth study. This site is highly recommended as an initial starting point to begin thinking critically about stem cell research and cloning as well as a place for further reflection and thought for those who want more.
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