Wednesday, August 26, 1998 Published at 00:33 GMT 01:33 UK
The race to clone the first human
Supporters of cloning say it will become as acceptable as IVF
In 1997, British scientists successfully clone a sheep named Dolly.
What is the betting 1999 will see someone come up with the first cloned human embryo?
As American laboratories race to become the first to produce a cloned human embryo the US Congress has been grappling with the legislation.
Scientists are speeding matters up now in the hope they can break the taboo on cloning before it is made illegal.
"But after they are born we are not going to call them clones, they are going to be normal children."
But the scientists are not waiting for the outcome of the moral and legal arguments.
Genetics expert Steen Willadsen says there are no shortage of labs queuing up to be the first to clone a human: "It is a relatively simple procedure. There must be hundreds of people who would be able to do it now.
"It would only take a couple of years plus the obligatory nine months."