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Scientists: human cloning in the coming decades - inevitable

A survey that included 32 scientists shows that most of them believe that an attempt at human cloning will take place in the next 20 years, if it is technically and safely possible

Some of the leading British scientists believe that the birth of a cloned baby (created by asexual reproduction) is inevitable, despite the current public aversion to the idea.

More than half of the 32-member panel of scientists asked by the British "Independent" said that an attempt at cloning would take place in the next 20 years, if from a technical and safety point of view it would be possible. Their views stand in stark contrast to the staunch public opposition to human cloning, which people tend to associate with imaginary visions of armies of dictators and science fiction books such as Haskell's Brave New World.

Human cloning is inevitable
A significant minority (over 20 percent) of the respondents - said that cloning can also be justified on a medical basis - for example, in the case that it is the only way for a couple to give birth to a child of their own. Later this year, members of the British Parliament are expected to decide on whether to allow "medical cloning". Many pressure groups are expected to strongly oppose human embryo cloning on the grounds that it is an attempt to "play God", and that it will create a slippery slope that will lead to the cloning of adults.
The results of the study confirm what many scientists have said in closed conversations about the necessity that someone somewhere is trying to clone a human being even though this is banned in the UK and many other countries. The director of one of the fertility departments at a London hospital agrees: "The equipment required for cloning is simple and cheap, and even if it is approved or not, it (cloning) will happen. It cannot be stopped."
However, it is still not clear when scientists will reach the technical and safety level necessary to carry out the cloning. 277 attempts were made before the cloning of Dolly the sheep. Although the success rates have improved since then, they are not high enough to risk a similar operation on human eggs. Many cloning experts believe that safety issues will prevent attempts at human cloning for many years.

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