January Series Calvin College

Ian Wilmut

"Cloning and the Question of Ethics"

Ian Wilmut When a Scottish biological research team headed by Ian Wilmut successfully cloned a lamb named Dolly earlier this year, the world gasped at the possibility of repeating this breakthrough technology in humans. The ethics and impact of such a feat are contemplated and debated around the globe. Using exclusive video footage of the Dolly experiment, Dr. Wilmut outlines future applications of genetics research only recently considered science fiction, including growing organs and tissues in the laboratory, allowing scientists to correct genetic diseases in individuals and their offspring, and making possible animal-to-human organ transplants. While Dr. Wilmut admits that much remains unknown about the implications of cloning, he believes humans are a moral species and that misuse of this dramatic new technology will not occur.


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