First Cloned Baby?

By: Rachel Calderon
By: Rachel Calderon

Independent experts will reportedly test a 31-year-old American woman and her baby girl named Eve to determine if the baby is a clone of its mother.

"The baby is very healthy. She's doing fine and so are the parents. I hope you remember them when you talk about this baby. Not like a monster or the results of something that is disgusting," said Brigitte Bonsellier, Director of Clonaid.

That's what concerns some experts at MSU if tests show she's a clone.

"This baby is a human and we shouldn't be calling her a clone. She's a baby who will grow up to be a human whose life is beginning by an unusual way," said Dr. Judith Andre, Center for Ethics at MSU.

"Diet, social interactions, occupations, will shape them physically as well as psychologically," said Dr. James Trosko, Professor, MSU Food Safety and Toxicology.

While the experts agree that a baby cloned or conceived naturally is the product of its environment, where they stand on the safety of cloning couldn't be farther apart.

"It's incredibly irresponsibly to create a baby in this way because everything we know about using this technique in mammals. The odds of this baby having something wrong with her are high and you don't do that to humans," Dr. Andre said.

"To say a baby born naturally is always safe and argue cloning is unethical because it's not safe, there's no difference between the two," Dr. Trosko said.

Both experts don't believe human cloning will be a widely used method to have children, regardless if Eve turns out to be another progression in scientific discovery.


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