November 14, 2004


I am against human cloning: President Kalam (Press Trust of India, November 5, 2004)

President APJ Abdul Kalam on Friday told Indian scientists not to venture into human cloning, saying human beings are a result of millions of years of "genetic engineering" by God.

"I am against human cloning...Basically individually. Human beings are genetic engineering of millions and millions of years by God," Kalam said at an interaction with students.

"I don't want any of my scientist colleagues to get into human cloning," the President said, responding to a question from a student of Bishop Cotton Girls' School.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 14, 2004 9:27 AM

Of course, aborting female fetuses is fine and dandy....

Posted by: Barry Meislin at November 14, 2004 4:57 PM

Nonetheless, safe human cloning will be achieved sometime in the next couple decades...
If it hasn't already been.

Posted by: Michael Herdegen at November 15, 2004 5:08 AM

Not by decent societies.

Posted by: oj at November 15, 2004 7:34 AM

By Americans, to be sure.

I've forgotten whether you believe that current American society is "decent", or just religious, but we'll be cloning up a storm in thirty years, possibly many fewer.

Posted by: Michael Herdegen at November 15, 2004 8:49 AM

Not in America. They can go do it abroad.

Posted by: oj at November 15, 2004 7:53 PM

The American public is far, far less moral than you would like them to be.

Most Americans claim that they're religious, but only a relative handful actually put into practice the tenets of their sects.

Further, the American masses aren't especially skilled at determining which activities are logically barred, if one holds certain moral stances.
Immoral acts are committed every day by people who assume and believe that they're in the right.

Posted by: Michael Herdegen at November 16, 2004 1:25 AM

80% oppose cloning because of the yuck factor. The Right can work that.

Posted by: oj at November 16, 2004 7:03 AM