Technology For Human Cloning Exists Though It Is Opposed By Public Opinion
As the world moves onto a new age, human cloning technology has been made available, but modern public perception prevents it from being put into use, according to scienceworldreport.
While the public fears and opposes genetic modification, scientists from the Chinese company Boyalife Group, which is a massive animal cloning facility, still feel that they can undertake genetic editing, applicable to modifying eggs, sperm and embryos in the laboratory.
"The technology exists. It's been carried out on animals," said Lee Silver, a professor at Princeton University in New Jersey, who wrote a book on cloning ethics. "The technology to clone human beings is essentially going to be the same."
Still, none of these recommendations are "legally binding". Hence, scientists would just follow the laws of their own country with relation to embryo research, said Science News.
If the technology is available and is legal, then human cloning can be done.
Boyalife does not have any plans to undertake human cloning anytime soon, said the CEO Xu Xiaochun, in spite of the advanced technology that is available, according to NBC News.
"No, we don't do human cloning, we won't make Frankensteins," said Xiaochun. "The technology we have is very advanced... [but if uncontrolled] technology can also do damage.... Every technology has to have a boundary."
Due to the uniqueness of human life and the possibility of "selective cloning of certain intelligence levels and races", there are many opponents to the concept.
"Technology is moving very fast... [and] social values can change," said Xiaochun. "Maybe in 100 years, in 200 years, people will think differently. [They] may think this technology is going to benefit the human race as a whole.... Boyalife will move along with social values."
"Different people have different characters," he added. "We want to keep this diversity. We really don't want the entire society to become one billion Einsteins."