Mansfield Program in Ethics and Public Affairs

Commentary aired May 22, 2013
3:03 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

Therapeutic Cloning

Imagine, for a moment, that you have been diagnosed with early Alzheimer’s disease, and the only cure for your condition involves using one of your cells and a human egg to make an embryo, which is a clone—or genetic copy—of yourself. From that embryo—or blastocyst, technically—stem cells are removed, thereby destroying the embryo, but providing a source for the neural tissue to treat you. Would you do it?

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