A New Resurrection?
“‘This will be the biggest leap for mankind,’ he says. ‘It is the central core of Christianity, the resurrection of Jesus, the promise of eternal life!’”
—From an article on human cloning in Wired magazine, January 2001
It is likely that 2001 will go down in history as the year the first human clone was born. Perhaps it will be the biggest leap for mankind. But it will be a giant leap backwards, back to the garden where Adam first ate of the tree of knowledge.
The technology for human cloning is now at the point where, with $50,000 and “a good cell biologist, you could do this with two people in a closet,” according to Wired’s Brian Alexander. Be assured that a number of ego-driven mad scientists are racing to have their names in the history books of the future as the reincarnation of Dr. Frankenstein.
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Thomas S. Buchanan is the George W. Laird Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Delaware. He has studied at UCSD, Northwestern University, and MIT, and has held visiting professorships at the University of Western Australia and the University of Aix-Marseille. He has served as department chairman, deputy dean, and institute director, president of the American Society of Biomechanics, and editor-in-chief of the Journal of Applied Biomechanics. He is on the Board of Trustees of Saint Katherine College, the editorial board of Touchstone, and the board of The Fellowship of St. James.
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