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Questioning Cloning with Genealogy

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I evaluate a hypothetical society of human clones. Cloning implies the production of exact copies of an organism from a replication of one of the organism’s cells without any recourse to the genealogical protocol of male and female reproduction. I thus pose the question: Can we regard a cloned copy of Mr. James as a son of Mr. James or Mr. James once again? I consider certain implications of human cloning to the concepts of individual uniqueness, and thus of genealogical family tree and the future of the naming and identification of humanity?

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Ani, E. (2013). Questioning Cloning with Genealogy. Open Journal of Philosophy, 3, 376-379. doi: 10.4236/ojpp.2013.33057.


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