John Tierney has an interesting essay in the New York Times in which he makes the argument that religious boundaries will ultimately be the lines of demarcation between cultures that accept human cloning and those that do not. "American and European researchers have made most of the progress so far in biotechnology. Yet they still face one very large obstacle -- God, as defined by some Western religions," Tierney writes.

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