Human somatic cell nuclear transfer and cloning

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.

The Ethics Committee of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine

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

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.

  • Patricia Schuler

    While safety and efficacy is important in any new technology – these cannot be established without adequate research and clinical trials. Not only that but there is a very strong demand for this kind of research as more women who are of older ages are attempting to get pregnent. These women are generally well educated and understand the demands of reproductive assistance as well as parenthood. With medical science making the average life span much longer, the starting age of parenthood is not as much of an issue. There are many women who turn to donor eggs due to this being the only available option if reduced ovarian reserve is an issue. However, most of these women would much rather prefer to be genetically related to their children and it is the reason billions of dollars are spent on treatments before opting for donor eggs as a last resort. Often these women would have been parents much sooner, saving themselves many health problems as well as dollars if they had the technology that would allow them to be genetically related to their children, while also keeping the safety of the potential child in mind. Instead, I suggest that the ASRM advocate for more research to establish safety and efficacy for this treatment as the demand calls for it.

  • Congratulations for updating the document. Even when there are no relevant changes regarding the conclusions, that are very obvious, I think that all the professionals prefer to have recent documents updating relevant issues as this one. Thank you.

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