And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept; and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof;
And from the rib, which the Lord God had taken from the man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.
And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh.
The good Lord ordained a time-honored method of creating human life.
US Congressman Vernon Ehlers, Michigan, urging Congress
to pass a law making human cloning a federal crime 1
At this time it is morally unacceptable for anyone in the public or private sector, whether in a research or clinical setting, to attempt to create a child using somatic cell nuclear transfer cloning.
Report and Recommendations of the
National Bioethics Advisory Commission (NBAC) 2
The ‘this time,’ referred to in the Clinton commissioned NBAC report, is now - a now that began immediately after the February 1997 birth of Dolly. ‘Dolly’ is the sheep cloned from the udder cells of a six-year-old ewe in Edinburgh by a little-known scientist, laboring in a little-known laboratory. Ian Wilmut injected the nucleus from a frozen udder cell into an enucleated egg, called a ‘bereft egg,’ of another ewe, generating an embryo that was then inserted into a third ewe who brought the embryo to term. The embryo, and resultant lamb, was the exact replica of the embryo and resultant lamb that formed the first Dolly. It was Dolly, again. Or was it? The first Dolly was unnamed and indeed was dead (in fact eaten) before the clone Dolly was even . . . re-conceived. The clone Dolly was named, instead, for yet a fourth female, the performer Dolly Parton, who ‘was also known,’ said Wilmut, strangely using the past tense, ‘for her mammaries.’ 3