A prickly, hot-button issue, public debates surrounding cloning often veer into political and religious territory, and lead to grandstanding by those without a full grasp of the subject at hand. There is no doubt that cloning raises serious ethical concerns, but having a fundamental understanding of its history, scientific foundation, and potential practical applications in the real world is essential, and that’s exactly what Aaron Levine provides in his insightful and thought-provoking introductory overview, which is expertly read by Donna Postel, whose serene, maternal voice makes this illuminating seven-hour audiobook fly by.
Would you drink milk from a cloned cow? Should we clone extinct or endangered species? Are we justified in using stem cells to develop cures? When will we clone the first human? Ever since Dolly the sheep, such questions have rarely been far from the public consciousness. Aaron Levine explains the science of cloning and guides listeners around the thorny political and ethical issues that have developed.