February 9, 2015 1:57 pm at 1:57 pm #614822GolemGorillaMember
Is cloning allowed according to halachah?February 9, 2015 2:03 pm at 2:03 pm #1058622☕ DaasYochid ☕Participant
Is cloning allowed according to halachah?February 9, 2015 2:47 pm at 2:47 pm #1058623goofusParticipant
100% okay.February 9, 2015 6:11 pm at 6:11 pm #1058624bekitzurParticipant
100% okay.February 9, 2015 8:32 pm at 8:32 pm #1058625thethinkingjewParticipant
cloning humans? can you do that???? legally??February 9, 2015 8:56 pm at 8:56 pm #1058626charliehallParticipant
The Rabbinical Council of America has this position its web site:
Genetic Engineering and Cloning 1997
Jun 1, 1997 — Genetic Engineering and Cloning
The Rabbinical Council of America, in convention assembled, wishes to raise a cautionary note in regard to the new technologies of genetic engineering and cloning. Though some positive benefits may result from these breakthroughs, we must express our concern that the work is proceeding without thorough discussion and enactment of legal and ethical guidelines. While there is great potential for good in these technologies, there is also great potential for harm. The Rabbinical Council of America, therefore, calls on the United States government other international governments and the scientific community to convene conferences and other for discussion of the ethical and legal concerns endemic to this technology, and to allow time for the passage and implementation of legal and ethical guidelines that will structure this work in ways that will maximize its positive potential and protect against its potentially negative consequences.
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It has never been done, and cloned animals have some serious birth defects since apparently some cells reflect the age of the animal cloned, so you get a baby that may look like her mother but genetically is quite inferior.
No has claimed to have cloned a human. Therefore no Rav has ever poskened on the matter, and a posek based on a sci fi novel is meaningless except on Purim.
My guess is as as the woman cloned (it can only be done to women) and the woman who carries the baby to term (can be the sameone), are Jewish, the baby would be Jewish with the same halachic status as any other clearly Jewish baby whose father is unknown (though it might be argued she is the daughter of her maternal grandfather).February 9, 2015 9:46 pm at 9:46 pm #1058628GolemGorillaMember
thethinkingjew cloning humans? can you do that???? legally??
Yes, my question I am asking is strictly whether u are allowed to according to halachah clone a human, not whether it is currently able to be done, or whether it is legal to do so.February 9, 2015 9:58 pm at 9:58 pm #1058629goofusParticipant
It is most certainly possible, although ethically (and therefore legally within the medical community) it is questionable. There have been many complex multicellular organisms successfully cloned, but there are still major (and common) complications that arise.
At the current stage of scientific progress we can not ensure the cloning process to be perfect, so we refrain from doing so for the purpose of human well-being.February 9, 2015 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm #1058630relatively unprejudicedMember
I’m pretty sure you’re not going to get an authoritative answer to a question like that in The Yeshiva World coffee room.February 9, 2015 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm #1058631simcha613Participant
Cloning is simply an extension of genetic profiling which in some cases is mutar. It’s like genetic profiling on steroids. And since steroids are probably assur, cloning is probably assur as well.February 10, 2015 9:06 pm at 9:06 pm #1058632WiseyParticipant
Genetically engineering a parah adumah? A nonkosher animal?
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