This is one of the best things I've ever read as part of the whole human cloning debate. So much eloquence in a single line of text.
Life began three billion yrs ago and has continued ever since. The rearrangment of DNA that happens at "conception" is merely a bud to a new branch on the ever expanding tree that is life.
We Americans are being left behind by the growth of science, held back by blind religiosity. In South Korea, scientists have successfully created "personalized" stem cells using a human cloning process and harvesting the stem cells from the embryonic clone.
Just as predicted, Bush's religiously guided policy of cutting off all federal funding to scientific institutions that pursue any embryonic stem cell research is forcing important innovation overseas. Kansas is attempting to re-define science. I don't know why religious conservatives are so intent upon bringing down a new dark age upon the U.S., but the march of anti-progress seems more inexorable each day.
Perhaps it's time to start learning Chinese.