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Illegal beings. Human cloning and the law
  1. Daniela E Cutaş
  1. Daniela E Cutaş, Philosophy Department, University of Gothenburg, Box 100, SE 405 30 Sweden; daniela.cutas{at}

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Authored by Kerry Lynn Macintosh. . Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2005, pp 286. ISBN 0521853281

A Professor of Law at Santa Clara University, Kerry Lynn Mackintosh presents us with a rigorously structured book on anticloning legislation. Although written for US readers and thus focusing on US context and legislation, the book is very much relevant internationally, due to the similarities between the various anticloning legislative endeavours and (in particular) between their underlying premises.

The book is divided into three parts. In Part I, Macintosh identifies and discusses the five most common sources of objections to human cloning, and shows what the endorsement of each of these objections presupposes and suggests about cloning and clones: human cloning (1) offends God and nature (clones are grotesque, immoral and dangerous), (2) reduces humans to the level of manmade objects (clones are soulless, inert, unfeeling and inferior), (3) produces beings who lack individuality, copies (clones are evil, unoriginal, fraudulent, inferior, zombie-like, constrained, pathetic, disturbed, disgusting, identity thieves, destroyers, a threat …

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  • i Of course this is not the first time someone has accused anticloning policy of being bad policy. However the breadth and depth of Macintosh’s analysis recommends her book as one of the most thorough endeavour, to this purpose.