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2. What is the definition for the word UNDERMINES and INTRINSIC in the following sentence.

2. "Cloning UNDERMINES the sacred and INTRINSIC value of what a unique life is all about in the world," said Jeremy Rifkin, author of "Biotech Century," a cautionary work about the Panora's box that scientific advances like cloning might open.

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Undermines, in this context, means that cloning takes away or weakens the cycle of life that nature intended. Intrinsic means what is already special about life in its original form.