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Free Resource (#608) - July 22nd, 2008
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Human Cloning and Human Rights: Promises and Perils

This lecture from MIT Professor Rudolf Jaenisch explores the potentials in cloning both, reproductive and therapeutic. Jaenisch supports therapeutic cloning from embryonic stem cells because of its potential for curing a number of diseases. But he sees problems, both biologically and morally, with implanting this embryo into uterus in an attempt to create a human clone. The presentation is offered from MIT World on streaming video and includes visual references that go along with the professor's talk.

Human Cloning and Human Rights

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