During public lectures the Cambridge University scientist said he regularly asks his audience if they would be in favour of allowing parents of deceased children, who are no longer fertile, to create another using the mother’s eggs and skin cells from the first child, assuming the technique was safe and effective.

“The average vote on that is 60 per cent in favour,” he said. “The reasons for ‘no’ are usually that the new child would feel they were some sort of a replacement for something and not valid in their own right.

“But if the mother and father, if relevant, want to follow that route, why should you or I stop them?”

~ Cloning scientist Sir John Gurdon justifying the use of human cloning to assist grieving parents who may have suffered the loss of a child, UK Telegraph, December 18

[HT: Laura Loo]