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Notre Dame Professor Defends Life Against Cloning Research

University of Notre Dame law professor O. Carter Snead criticized the advancements made in therapeutic cloning that were announced by scientists on Wednesday, reported Reuters.

Scientists at Oregon Health & Science University and the Oregon National Primate Research Center were able to get a human egg to act like it was fertilzed by removing the egg's genetic material and inserting an adult skin cell.

“The use and destruction of living human beings – at any stage of biological development – for scientific research is a terrible injustice,” Snead told Reuters. He is critical of the research because “human beings were created specifically and solely to be used and destroyed for someone else’s research project.”

“This creates new forms of coercion, especially for the poor and vulnerable to treat their own bodies as an object of commerce,” commented Snead, because the procedure uses human eggs.

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops also weighed in on the research.

“Whether used for one purpose or the other, human cloning treats human beings as products, manufactured to order to suit other people’s wishes,” said Boston Cardinal Seán O’Malley, chairman of the UCCB’s Committee on Pro-Life Activities. “Creating new human lives in the laboratory solely to destroy them is an abuse denounced even by many who do not share the Catholic Church’s convictions on human life.”

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