Dolly, human cloning, and bioethics
Ian Wilmut was behind the cutting edge research that gave rise to Dolly the sheep, the world's first cloned animal. Christos Tziotzios finds out about his take on science, religion, and the bioethics of cloning
- By: Christos Tziotzios
I don't. I describe myself as agnostic.
This is the modern Christian view. But if you look at history, it is a comparatively new view because of a pope in the 19th century. If you go back, the initial assessment was of the importance of the quickening, the first movement. Until then it would have been acceptable to induce abortion.
It probably could be done, but the outcome would be likely to include late abortions, the birth of dead children, and most children born being severely handicapped. So to give an example of our animal work, we produced a cloned lamb, which was physically strong, active, and so on. But it hyperventilated all the time, and to tackle that we had to take advice from many people who diagnosed hypertrophy of the arterioles around their lung, an abnormality we still cannot explain. It is impossible for me to imagine how