Is Cloning Embryos Playing God?

This just in from Marcy Darnovsky, associate executive director for the Center for Genetics and Society. She tells us that today’s announcement about a California firm’s cloning human embryos are disturbing and may violate state law. This work, she says, raises three concerns. Darnovsky says:

“First, the acquisition of the human eggs needed for cloning-based stem cell research puts women’s health at risk. Second, it opens the door to reproductive cloning, which is not prohibited by federal law or laws in the majority of states. Third, it is highly unrealistic that research cloning can lead to custom treatments for patients, despite the company’s claims of therapeutic potential.

Especially in light of recent developments in cell reprogramming – which has the potential to provide disease-specific stem cells without the problems raised by cloning-based stem cell research – this technique is not justifiable at this time, she continues.

“Stemagen’s protocol relies on obtaining eggs from women who provided them for prospective parents undergoing assisted reproduction. While the paper notes that neither the egg providers nor the prospective parents were paid by the researchers, it is likely that the egg providers were paid by the prospective parents.”

This arrangement, she argues, would violate both the spirit and potentially the letter both of California’s law and its guidelines governing stem cell research that is not funded by the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM). It would be explicitly prohibited by CIRM’s regulations, she adds, and any stem cell lines derived under such an arrangement would be ineligible for CIRM funding.

“Stemagen’s relationships with the fertility clinics where the eggs were obtained are also problematic,” she concluded. “Since the fertility doctors are named as co-authors of the scientific paper, they had a professional incentive to use an aggressive protocol that would yield larger numbers of eggs, but would also increase the chance of triggering adverse reactions that could threaten the women’s health.”

God said be fruitful and multiply, but somehow I don’t think he meant cloning human embryos. What do you think? Should we be cloning embryos? Or is that playing God?

2 Responses to “Is Cloning Embryos Playing God?”


  1. 1 MSC Feb 4th, 2008 at 5:16 pm

    I believe you have a good point asking if these folks are trying to play God in their research. I am sure if we asked them, they would deny that as being a fact. I am sure they would probably say that they are only trying to help others. But is that “really” the case? Who is “really” being helped?

    The Bible tells us that even if we were to search the whole world over, we could find “NO” ONE like our God. No human being or spirit being can create or make “ANYTHING” that can be compared to God’s handiwork.

    I believe that if “half” of the energy used in attempting to clone people (taking the chance of something being or going wrong with the cells because of generational matters, etc.) would be devoted to getting plugged in and seeking God, His kingdom, and His Way by faith (forgetting about self for a while), I know that we would be much better off and could do more to help the sick people.

    We need to get aligned with God, repent, clean up our act (walk upright), and feverently pray for the healing of these sick people by faith (who “think” they need these stem cells), God will then hear from heaven, turn His face towards us again, forgive our sins, and many of these sick people can be healed by Him. Then the cloning (or playing God) will not be necessary. The Bible teaches us to “have faith in God”… not in cloning by medical/scientific research.

    Science has been wonderful for a lot of things. God has blessed scientists with the brainpower to research them; but when they try to create “life”, is God pleased with that? Looks like science and medical research are telling God that He is not capable of healing people, even though He sent His son, Jesus, to take many stripes on His back for our healing.
    For healing is the “children’s bread”. So when we become God’s children, we are entitled to healikng from the Father.

    Guys, let’s think twice (three, four, or even five times if necessary) before going too far. Let’s choose to use wisdom from God. Does pride (notability) or greed have anything to do with the press to get this procedure accomplished? All of the honor, glory, praise, and thanks belong to our God alone. Amen

    MSC

  2. 2 Meh Dec 16th, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    –”I am sure they would probably say that they are only trying to help others. But is that “really” the case? Who is “really” being helped?”

    Cloning and stem cell research can cure hundreds of diseases, so it would “really” be helping hundreds of thousands of sick people.

    –”I believe that if “half” of the energy used in attempting to clone people (taking the chance of something being or going wrong with the cells because of generational matters, etc.) would be devoted to getting plugged in and seeking God, His kingdom, and His Way by faith (forgetting about self for a while), I know that we would be much better off and could do more to help the sick people.”

    your wrong. The researchers and scientists that are furthering our knowledge of cloning are doing so because it has the potential to save many, many lives. They are not the ones who are thinking about themselves, you are the the one that is trying to push your beliefs onto others. stop being selfish and self righteous.

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