Re: FYI:Clinton vs human cloning : Pres ignores self-ownership (fwd)

Robin Hanson (
Fri, 7 Mar 1997 13:25:36 -0800 (PST)

Hal Finney writes:
>The main issue which I find disturbing in cloning and similar proposals
>is, what about the children produced? Who defends their interests, and to
>what extent should I condone someone performing experiments which may lead
>to children who suffer from brain damage or deformities? Apparently it
>took > 100 tries to produce Dolly the sheep. I wouldn't be surprised
>if they had some pretty messed-up lambs along the way.
>The same issue arises with more conventional technology, like in vitro
>fertilization, of course. I guess that's pretty reliable now. You can't
>make an omelette without breaking a few eggs, so if we have to produce a
>few scrambled babies before we get good at it, is that fine with everyone?

I thought they perfected the IVF technology with animals, so there
wasn't much risk to humans. I would expect a similar approach with

Robin D. Hanson