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Cloning Plan Spawns Ethics Debate

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Science  16 Jan 1998:
Vol. 279, Issue 5349, pp. 315
DOI: 10.1126/science.279.5349.315a

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When Richard Seed, a gangly 69-year-old physicist who is unaffiliated with any university or research institution, aired his plans to launch a human cloning clinic to enable infertile couples to have children, he became an overnight sensation. In the face of nearly universal unease with the prospect of human cloning, the brazen pronouncement has fired debates over the ethics of cloning--and the dynamics of science journalism, too. Some observers worry that a rush to judgment could torpedo nonhuman cloning efforts.