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The Second Creation

BMJ 2000; 321 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.321.7266.966/a (Published 14 October 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:966
  1. Andrew P Read, professor of human genetics
  1. University of Manchester

    Ian Wilmut, Keith Campbell, Colin Tudge


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    Headline Books, £12.99, pp 362

    ISBN 0747275300

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    I found the media reaction to Dolly the sheep decidedly depressing. As a publicly funded scientist in a democratic society, I acknowledge my obligation to explain what I am doing. If I worked on quarks or black holes—things far beyond normal human experience—I would expect some odd comments about my work. But surely not clones? Everybody knows a human clone. Half a million walk the streets of Britain. Yet, despite our everyday familiarity with them, popular culture persists in seeing clones as some sort of semi-human programmable zombies. After all the hype, we need to get back down to earth. In this book the …

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