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January 25, 2008

Cloned animals

In your Sunday edition, you had a pro-con opinion on the safety of cloned meat (1/20, Opinion). You quoted from Scientific American and Consumer Reports regarding this issue.

The safety of meat from cloned animals is a scientific issue, and is not a place for an emotional opinion when discussing it. I feel that Scientific American may be a reliable source of scientific information, but I do not feel that Consumer Reports meets that requirement.

For Consumer Reports to say that “cloned animals are very sickly, often severely deformed, and must be treated with antibiotics” is not only incorrect, but shows a lack of scientific understanding by the writer.

In the future, when you have a pro-con on a scientific issue, please have both sides come at it from a scientific point of view.

Wendell Davis, DVM
Overland Park

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