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2.12.2004

Scientists clone human embryos 

Story is here.

Before we collectively launch into hysterics about scientists "playing God", let's note that nobody is (yet) seriously thinking of reproducing human beings this way; scientists are just trying to grow certain tissues from embryonic stem cells for medical purposes.

So the question is, should an embryo be given all the legal protections of an actual person? I'm not certain of the exact point a growing zygote/embryo/fetus "acquires" a "soul" and becomes a "person", but I'm inclined to believe that since the fertilized egg seems to have all the information it needs for its future development, it should be considered a "person" for legal purposes.

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