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Cloning letter off base

In his March 8 Readers' Forum letter, Nicholas Norman asserts, as an argument against cloning, that "it is our natural human right to have possession of original, morally correct bodies."

First, from what is that "right" derived? It sounds as though Mr. Norman just made it up.

Second, what about identical twins? They have the same genetic structure, but that doesn't mean that they aren't unique human beings.

There are two things more essential to what it means to be human than physical characteristics: each person's own unique context-bound experiences and their faculty of volitional consciousness (i.e., free will).

A body, as such, is neither "morally correct" nor incorrect — it just is.

Andrew Scott Vidrine

Riverton