From: Samantha Atkins <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>What about cloning for body part replacements?
I think this is a perfectly good use of cloning tech, as long as we
are talking about individual parts or organs.
>Is all you are simply a "phenotype"?
>Do you believe that you have the right to keep others from
>extending their lives by any and all means that do not violate the
>rights of others?
No, But a clone is an individual, and therefore has rights
independant of the "wishs" of the person who created it.
>Is it your business to decide whether or not this or
>that individual or all such individuals 'deserve' to live longer
>or to create more copies of themselves by means of sex (partial
>copies) or cloning (total genetic copies)? No? Then I do not
>understand the above statement. 'Merit it' according to whom?
As previously stated I have no problem with the use of cloning
technology to create new body parts or organs.
However cloning a whole individual is not merely making a copy of
oneself but the creation of an entirely new individual who merely
has most of the genetic material of the original. A clone of an
individual is a seperate individual, not merely a copy.
>Continued life is its own merit.
I could not possibly agree more.
>Now, if you mean simply making copies of myself, I would say that
>too could have merit if those copies can support themselves
As I stated, a clone of an individual is a new individual, not
merely a copy of the original. All individuals have independant
>Who would decide who should be cloned or not? Why not simply let
>the market decide?
There is a great deal more to life and society than the market.
This is not simply an economic question.
>> Deliberate cloning is low breed stuff, or to put it in an easily
>> spreadable meme:
>> "cloning is for livestock."
>You are welcome to your opinion, of course, just as long as you
>don't wish to see it enforced as more than that.
I will continue to support the rights of individuals, and their
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