Perhaps some people deserve a “genetic encore,” a chance to for their DNA to live again because they have so greatly benefited mankind. A stellar example may be astrophysicist Stephen Hawking. Hawking, one the greatest scientific minds of our time, suffers from Lou Gehrig’s Disease (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis). The disease is incurable and slowly progressive. Hawking is confined to a wheelchair, cannot talk, and yet continues to make staggering contributions to the world. He has produced many great breakthroughs in physics.
The Human Cloning Foundation, if allowed to, would store Hawking’s DNA. Perhaps Hawking would want to wait to be cloned until amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is understood. His cloning could wait until either a cure for ALS is known or the disease could be prevented. Hawking’s clone could live a life free of physical disability.Many would argue that there is nothing wrong with cloning Stephen Hawking or any other disabled person regardless of whether their disability is curable or not.
Hawking has been quoted by the press as being pro-cloning. In fact, a quote by Hawking appears at the Web page http://www.nada.kth.se/~asa/Kloning/citat.html.