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"What am I, to you as a Betan?" he asked, nervously fascinated.
"Either my son or my son once removed," she answered promptly. "Unlicensed, but claimed by me as an heir.
"
―Cordelia explains Betan law regarding clones[src]

A clone is an individual created as a direct copy of another, rather like in identical twins, but with a significant age separation between the original and the clone. While uterine replicators were generally useful in performing cloning, the use of replicators was much broader.

In the Vorkosigan Saga, cloning was easily done, but often was considered immoral.

Various worlds' opinions of cloningEdit

  • Athos considered it to be immoral, because it was the sin of vanity.[1]
  • Beta Colony had a rich set of laws to establish paternity/maternity for clones, just as with any other children a person or couple might choose to produce.[2]
  • Jackson's Whole made a large commercial enterprise from illicit clone production, particularly - but not exclusively - including the clone-brain transplant business.[3][4]
  • Cetagandan haut did not perform cloning of themselves or of their servants, primarily due to the high value they placed on originality and uniqueness. The ghem did clone servants from time to time.[5]
  • Cloning of pets was common, with equipment purchaseable and usable by hobbyists.[6]
  • Barrayar found itself at a loss for what to do with clones, and was only gradually developing a legal system for managing it during the time of the Vorkosigan Saga.[2]

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. Ethan of Athos chapter 6
  2. 2.0 2.1 Mirror Dance chapter 12
  3. Mirror Dance
  4. "Labyrinth"
  5. Cetaganda chapter 4
  6. Cryoburn chapter 17

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