January 12, 1998

On January 12, 1998, 19 European nations agreed to prohibit human cloning. The United States, Great Britain and Russia did not sign the accord. Russia said that technically if you combine bear DNA with human DNA, you weren’t actually cloning humans. The United States said that if you use people from Alabama as a DNA source, were you really cloning people? Great Britain said that if they were going to get a reliable heir to Queen Elizabeth, it looked like cloning was their only available options. Besides, the Scottish scientists the Brits were using said that they believed they could make the next cloned Queen Elizabeth stronger, faster and with the ability to stand on a balcony and wave for 16 hours straight.

I don’t get what the big deal is about cloning. If you succeed, you get a better version of the original, and if you fail, you get a good source of protein. Sounds like a win/win to me. Share this post, if you think I’m missing the point.

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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