We Just Took A Giant Step Toward Cloning Humans To Use As “Organ Harvesting Shells”

Since 2002, the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s (AAAS) statement on human cloning has been the definitive guide for scientists in the U.S. regarding the ethics of human cloning. As Joanne Carney, program director of the AAAS’s Office of Government Relations told Futurism, the association has no plans to revise its statement or change its stance on reproductive cloning in humans in light of recent developments. However, according to Margaret R. McLean, director of bioethics at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, that might just be because they don’t yet have the commercial incentive to go against it. If such an incentive were to arise, such as the ability to clone human bodies solely for the purpose of harvesting healthy organs, scientists may start to reconsider the AAAS’s ban on human cloning. “The prospect of creating ‘shell bodies’ to harvest organs would be very promising and might vastly improve human health and welfare,” bioethicist Jacob Appel told Futurism. “The caveat here is that these clones would have to be merely shell bodies. It would be highly unethical to harvest such organs from clones that were actually sentient human beings.” (READ MORE)

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