Human somatic cell nuclear transfer and cloning

Capsule:
The ethical considerations related to human reproductive cloning (somatic cell nuclear transfer) are discussed. Arguments are presented justifying the conclusion that the process is unethical.

Author:
The Ethics Committee of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine

Volume 98, Issue 4, Pages 804-807, October 2012

Abstract:
This document presents arguments that conclude that it is unethical to use somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT) for infertility treatment due to concerns about safety; the unknown impact of SCNT on children, families, and society; and the availability of other ethically acceptable means of assisted reproduction. This document replaces the ASRM Ethics Committee report titled Human somatic cell nuclear transfer (cloning), last published in 2000.

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