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Our indifference towards news that matters most is far worse than this kind of imagery intended to mock Darwin

Our indifference towards news that matters most is far worse than this kind of imagery intended to mock Darwin

Last Wednesday, The Independent (in the UK) ran an intriguing front page story entitled: “Fertility Expert: I can clone a human being” . Furthermore, he claimed to have cloned 14 human embryos and transferred 11 of them into the wombs of four women who had been prepared to give birth to cloned babies.

This is ground breaking news as human cloning is illegal in many countries, and it’s at the centre of many debates about bio-ethics.

Human cloning is the most controversial subject in science, and it also raises a number of ethical and spiritual issues. It is not just another scientific experiment. There are huge implications about what is morally right , the extent to which shall man play god, whether the clone will have a soul, and other issues. The newspapers here have been running follow-up stories for these last two days, and while I was checking Maltese papers on-line, I found no report about this. The Rock newspapers and news portals are inundated with reports about the usual useless petty political squabbles, routine court reports – our own version of gossip/paparazzi pages, requests from carnival enthusiasts, and news about ATMs being installed here and there.

This is not the first time. This year marks another important milestone in science history. Last February, the world – except The Rock – celebrated Charles Darwin’s 200th birthday, and this coming November, the world – with the guaranteed exception of The Rock – will celebrate the 150th anniversary of the publication of his book ‘On the Origin of Species’. Our ignorance and indifference towards these events are ‘historical events’ themselves.

For those who bother to be aware that there is a huge world outside the rock – where significant things do happen very often – here are the links to the follow-up stories:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/fertility-expert-i-can-clone-a-human-being-1672095.html

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/steve-connor-this-procedure-cant-be-ethical-until-it-is-proven-safe-1672096.html

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/exclusive-video-the-creation-of-a-human-clone-designed-to-be-transferred-into-a-womans-womb-1672335.html

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/scientists-and-ethicists-unite-to-attack-doctors-clone-plan-1672701.html

The rest can keep watching trash television, and read about their nearest ATM.

Written by mickeymalta

24/04/2009 at 15:31

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