Human Cloning: Arguments Against

Abstract

The current debate about the ethics of cloning human beings rests on the premise that, as an adult, the clone would be identical to its progenitor. The significant role of gene–environment interactions in the production of the phenotype makes this proposition entirely untenable.

Keywords: genetic diversity; epigenesis; needful falsehoods; Plato's Republic; maternal behavior; plant cuttings; mitochondrial genes; axonal competition; nongenomic intergenerational transfer; lying for the state; maternal behavior; preformationism

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Eisenberg, Leon(Jul 2006) Human Cloning: Arguments Against. In: eLS. John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester. http://www.els.net [doi: 10.1038/npg.els.0005225]