An Exploration into the Ethics of Cloning Endangered Species
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Researchers are cloning endangered species, expanding the debate on human cloning to include both the value of evolution and the question of whether ethical issues affecting endangered species should be defined in terms of human medical benefit. In this paper, the author explores these questions and others with evolutionary biologist Kathryn Rodriguez-Clark, philosopher Holmes Rolston, III, and toxicologist Don Sparling. Whether or not we are ready to formulate ethics on the subject, if we do not enter into a serious dialogue now, then we allow the question of whether to clone any species—including our own— to be decided for us.