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Abstract

[extract] The press has sensationalised their reports on the possible outcome of Wilmut’s breakthrough [cloning a lamb] and this has caused alarm amongst legislators and politicians which in turn has led to a rash of hasty bills submitted to legislatures to ban cloning of humans. The problem with rushing to legislate is that the fundamental tenet of a democracy is being overlooked viz that there should be a balanced public debate which will then capture the boni mores of the public and distil the ethics of the issue. The legislators will, at the end of this process, have the good, considered reasons they need to legislate for the restriction of scientific progress.

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