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Savvina O.V. Ethical problems of cloning humans and animals

Published in journal "Psychology and Psychotechnics", 2015-3 in rubric "The unpredictable", pages 304-312.

Resume: The article analyses two types of cloning: therapeutic and reproductive cloning. The author describes range of ethical problems using the latest scientific research in the field of cloning. The author considers the only one existed technology of cloning today, it is a somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT). Defining cloning from biological point of view is very important. It discards the myths about goals of the technology, its using and ethical problems posed by cloning. The author divides ethical problems of reproductive and therapeutic cloning, cloning of humans and animals. It is concluded in the article that therapeutic cloning of humans and therapeutic and reproductive cloning of animals do not cause new ethical problems but they exacerbate the existing ones. These problems are ethics of scientific publications, moral status of embryos, economic affordability of medical services, social differentiation, latent negative effects on ecology and peoples health and slippery slop effects. The reproductive cloning of human beings may generate new ethical problems. We can not say now if Mankind will be able to solve these problems, but it is not a reason to prohibit the reproductive cloning of human beings.

Keywords: ethics of scientific pulications, moral status of embryos, SCNT technology, therapeutic cloning, reproductive cloning, bioethics, ethics, ethics of scientific research, responsibility, ethical problems

DOI: 10.7256/2070-8955.2015.3.14456

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