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28-11-2019 | Original Research Paper | Issue 3/2019

NanoEthics 3/2019

New Bodies, New Identities? The Negotiation of Cloning Technologies in Young Adult Fiction

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NanoEthics > Issue 3/2019
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Aline Ferreira
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Abstract

This essay examines the fantasy of life extension enabled through the transfer of one’s consciousness to new, cloned bodies in the event of disease, accident, or old age. This vision has recently been dramatized in both fiction and film, bearing witness to the power of this imaginary scenario. This eventuality would raise wide-ranging ethical issues, which speculative bioethics should begin to contemplate. Interestingly, it is young adult fiction that has recently provided an extensive and consistent cluster of novels dealing not only with this topic but also with the interrelated notion of clones purposely grown to replace a loved one, with a concomitant array of further ethical concerns. These and related topics will be examined here through the lens of fiction and recent theoretical work on future biotechnological scenarios.

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