Human somatic cell nuclear transfer and reproductive cloning: an Ethics Committee opinion

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

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Ethics Committee of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine

Volume 105, Issue 4, Pages e1-e4

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 and cloning,” last published in Fertil Steril 2012;98:804–7.

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