Cloning human beings? The “inevitability” power play
An editorial published in that journal today opened with a declaration that "human reproductive cloning seems inevitable" and closed by asserting that it is "an eventual certainty." In between are several tangential paragraphs, and a cursory dismissal of the social consequences and ethical considerations that lead most commentators - and more than 90% of Americans in survey after survey - to support laws against cloning human beings.
This is deeply disturbing and more than a little disappointing. Where is the thoughtful engagement with social issues and the responsible scientific leadership that this preeminent scientific journal should be demonstrating?
The assertion of technological inevitability is a discursive power play. It attempts to stifle deliberation, instill passivity, and make dissent appear futile. Fortunately, in the face of near-unanimous opposition to human reproductive cloning, it is unlikely to succeed.
Read the editorial.