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Debate around human cloning set to be reignited



Join us for a dramatised reading of Caryl Churchill’s play A Number.


Over a decade and a half after advances in life sciences resulted in Dolly, the cloned sheep, the controversy around human cloning will be explored at Edinburgh’s Traverse Theatre on Tuesday 11 September, with a dramatised reading of Caryl Churchill’s play A Number.

Written at the start of the new millennium – at a time when the first draft map of the human genome had been produced – A Number is an emotionally moving and thought-provoking play that explores the impact that cloning could have upon human relationships. The play is being produced in conjunction with the ESRC Genomics Policy and Research Forum, with the reading being directed by award-winning dramatist, and Forum playwright-in-residence, Peter Arnott. Forum Visiting Research Fellow, Dr Adele Langlois, will also lead a post-performance panel discussion on the ethical issues around cloning, identified by the play.

Members of the discussion panel will include Professor Keith Campbell, who was a key member of the team responsible for cloning Dolly the Sheep, and Professor Sarah Cunningham-Burley, from the University of Edinburgh’s Centre for Population Health Studies.



A Number - A play by Caryl Churchill