From the January/February, 2003 issue of Touchstone
Human Life on Ice by John M. Haas

Human Life on Ice

Biotechnology, Human Dignity & the Teaching of the Church

by John M. Haas

The man across the table from me was articulate, passionate, zealous, brilliant, principled, and committed to doing good. I had sat spellbound as he delivered for my personal benefit one of the most fascinating and lucid microbiology lectures I had ever heard. He was also engaged in research that I found morally reprehensible.

His company, Advanced Cell Technology, was taking the DNA from human somatic cells, placing it in enucleated cows’ eggs, and beginning the cloning process for a human being. The organism would be allowed to grow to a mass of about 100 cells before it would be dissected to obtain human ce . . .


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