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6 Thursday, April 10. 1997 Pahrump Valley Gazette 00top cloning around WHATEVER THE GOVERNMENT decides to do about the profound and far-reaching issues that surround genetic cloning, one thing is for sure E if science and technology continues to accelerate at its rapid rate E someday, somewhere, someone will eventually clone a human being. Since those embryologists over in Scotland shocked the world with the announcement they had successfully cloned an adult white-faced sheep and created an identical copy named Dolly, it has become apparent to most of us that science is rapidly approaching a brave new world beyond the imagination of the writers of science fiction. History has demonstrated that the irresistible force behind scien- tific research is man's compulsion to explore, to learn and to expand the boundaries of human knowledge regardless of the social, political or religious consequences of that exploration. The very nature of modern science - the technology that put men on the moon within our lifetimes - demands that if anything can be done, it must be done. If an adult sheep can be cloned, can a cloned shepherd be far behind? The best scientific minds of our generation concur that the technology for human cloning is now available. The only question - and it's a big one - are humans as benevolent, pure, humane, competent and wise to exercise such a godlike creative power. Fearing the potential misuse of cloning powers, President Clinton has ordered a federal ban on any governmental funding for research on human cloning, and has asked private labs to abide by a voluntary moratorium on any such research. The man-made creation of Dolly - stunning as it was to scientific researchers - marks the beginning of a debate that will continue as long as the biological sciences continue to advance. Someone, someday, somewhere will do it. And we better be ready to handle it. Congrats to Beatty U,00istrict A COUPLE OF WEEKS AGO And rightfully so, the little seventh grader Jerusha Caliguire of Saccabatus Flats the Beatty middle school student who won top honors in the recent Nevada State Spelling Bee over all challengers, both boys and girls, from the state's 16 other county school districts. Quite an honor for a small country school to win against that kind of competition. And its quite an honor for a young school girl from the tiny hamlet of Saccabatus Flats to go up against all those city kids and show them that Beatty has more than a one-room school in the desert, no matter what they might have heard. While the young lady should take great pride in her accomplish- ment and get all the credit she deserves, her rural teachers should also get a well-deserved "atta-boy" for their part in achieving such a distinction for the widespread Nye County School District, which over the years has sent graduates from Beatty and Tonopah to both the Naval Academy and to West Point. And from what I hear, the Pahrump Valley High School may soon be added to that distin- guished list with an appointment of one of their graduates to the service academies. b Change is inevitable, except from a vending machine. Stressed Out? Vhal Americans resent most as burdens on Iheir lime. Standing in line Household chores People ho talk too much Commuting to work (; rocery shopping Paying the bills Tar ge by Joe Richards from the Kingdom of Nye Whether you hate him or love him, he won't let you ignore him] Q