This book provides a timely and important discussion of the potential value of cloning and of the ethical choices that this radical new technology has raised, including the issues surrounding the current status of stem-cell research. As leader of the team that produced Dolly, the first animal to be cloned from an adult cell, Ian Wilmut has played a unique role both in the science of cloning and the ensuing international debate about its implications. He has testifed before parliamentary and congressional committees in the UK, France and the US and given many public lectures on the subject, in addtion to participating in numerous panel discussions on the uses of cloning. THE USES AND MISUSES OF CLONING (working title) distills the essence of the currect scientific and social policy discussions around these critically important issues and presents them in an understandable manner so the educated reader can have an informed opinion.
Ian Wilmut is the former Head of the Department of Gene Expression and Development at the Roslin Institute, and is now based at Edinburgh University. He has a distinguished record of ground-breaking biological research and is an active participant in the public debate about the ethics of cloning.