Cloning Humans: Where is the Limit ?
Looking at yesterday's story of the atom and today's of the gene, it is clear - writes Jean-Jacques Salomon - that some regulations are required which cannot be left in the hands of scientists alone.
In the first place, although their vocation is to work exclusively at the production of new knowledge, the unfortunately tight link between laboratory and factory means that they are moved by the "existential pleasures of engineering" and encouraged in this direction by the politics and economics of the marketplace.
Next, because the calling of scientists is to be at the forefront without getting mixed up in theology, metaphysics, morals, or politics, it is not for them to control the use of knowledge if it is transformed into technology.
Finally, in spite of the implication of ethics committees to the contrary, scientists have nothing to say on the subject of directions and values: they are not in a position to bend the pursuit of knowledge to the fantasies of society rather than to their own.
In brief, science appears to have no limit. Unfortunately, it engenders technological developments, notably in matters of genetic engineering, which are not embraced by the ethics of former times. The dramatic dimensions of this ethical dilemma are underscored by the author.