1. How could you identify an extraterrestrial? What evidence would you need to be convinced that a being had extraterrestrial origins?
a. What steps would be involved in scientifically analyzing the claims of extraterrestrial origins for human beings? What experiments could you design to test this claim?
b. How could you scientifically analyze the Raelian claims linking DNA to eternal life? What experiments could you design to test their claims?
1. Scientific Issues—
a. What would “proof” of successful cloning be?
b. Are the technical claims for Clonaid’s cloning process consistent with the known technology (e.g., use of skin cells, use of cells from deceased people)? Are the five miscarriages to be expected?
c. Other organisms, such as plants, mice, and sheep, have been cloned. Why has it taken longer to clone humans, or any other primates?
d. Why does cloning require so many attempts? Why are birth defects and abnormalities common in clones?
a. Are there any reasons to promote or allow human cloning?
b Why would a successful clone be “deeply troubling” to anyone? Why is human cloning controversial?
c. As a for-profit company, is it ethical for Clonaid to charge people to produce clones?