While the issue of cannibalism is emotionally inflammatory, wouldn't the same issues be raised in a somewhat different context?
For instance, let us suppose that medical technology advances to the point where one could clone oneself and address the shortened lifespan of the clone due to telomeric attrition.
In addition, suppose that it were possible to foster a completely functional human body in this cloning while inhibiting the formation of the cerebrum and cerebellum - in essence, creating an anencephalic adult.
Would it somehow, then, be immoral to exploit this biological artifact for the purpose of extending your own life through tissue and organ transplants and the like? Would this differ substantially from growing tissues or organs in vitro?
Would either of these instances be any different from auto-donating blood or plasma in anticipation of surgery?
On the face of it, I cannot see a moral issue here. The clone isn't human: it essentially has no brain and no capacity to form one, unlike a fetus. This is a nonhuman that cannot become human. There might be a moral issue involved in creating such a clone in the first place, but taken by itself I cannot see a moral problem with exploiting it.
answered Jan 27 '12 at 07:12
John Pryce ♦