ON-Lion Letter

Investigating the moral and political meaning of new technologies has been central to the mission of The New Atlantis since its founding, and few new biotechnologies raise such vexing questions as human cloning.  With the recent creation of the first cloned human embryos, the implications of human cloning deserve more attention than they have received from policymakers, the news media, academic bioethicists, and the public at large.

The entire special Summer issue of The New Atlantis is thus devoted to a report from the Witherspoon Council on Ethics and the Integrity of Science, examining human cloning and making the case against it -- whether for the purpose of producing children or for the purpose of biomedical research.

"[W]ritten to be understood by non-specialists, including policymakers and the general public," it "explains the history of cloning as well as recent developments," according to its own summary.  "The report offers an ethical and policy analysis, articulating what makes cloning morally repugnant and calling for the practice to be definitively prohibited in the United States."

The New Atlantis is published by the Center for the Study of Technology and Society (CSTS) in partnership with the Ethics and Public Policy Center (EPPC) and the Witherspoon InstituteThe Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee supports CSTS, EPPC, and Witherspoon projects.

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