We are never told whether or not they can, but it makes sense to assume that they cannot. It would just create too many problems and bad publicity for the replicant “manufacturers” if they could:
- People could breed their own replicants, so Tyrell would make less money.
- The replicants are viewed as commodities, not as human beings. But what if they start having children? Could they still be regarded as less-than-human commodities instead of real people?
- How would the public react to babies of parents that die after 4 years, and are thus unable to take care of their offspring? Would the newborn itself live longer than 4 years anyway?
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