Expert Opinion Undermines “Justification” for Human Cloning

Date: 03/25/2002

“Looking at the pre-clinical and clinical data, it is fair to conclude that there are other options available besides embryonic stem cells, that these options are being already studied in the clinical setting and that manipulations with embryonic stem cells (as done in the animal cloning studies) have led to unpredicted and untoward findings.”
–Alexander Rakowsky, M.D. (personal comments to President’s Council on Bioethics)

Proponents of human research cloning claim that stem cells obtained from cloned human embryos will provide therapeutic value. However, that avenue of research – beyond the major ethical concerns – is scientifically uncertain and unproven, and therefore shamefully misleading to the patient community which may lose valuable time and resources.