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Cloning and the law in Britain

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Cloning The law in Britain currently states that cloning a human is illegal. Should scientists be allowed to clone a human? That question opens up hundreds of ethical questions. Here are some of the arguments for cloning. No harm is being done. Creating a child doesn't harm anyone; after all, procreation creates a child. It could replace a child who had been lost under tragic circumstances. Infertile couples could have a biological child. In the event of a global disaster our species could be saved. Clones already exist, they are called twins. Here are some of the arguments against. Cloning turns people into replaceable products. Having children is not a right. Abuse of technology in the wrong hands. A sense of uniqueness or individuality has been denied. Emotional risks to the clone. Health risks to the clone and carrier. After looking at lots of for and against arguments I was left with a lot of conflicting emotions. ...read more.

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On the matter of individuality the clone would still be unique in its thought processes as personality and thoughts are not genetic but learnt. The thing that concerned me most was the possibility of breeding a superior, dispensable army but after researching this I realised that it is equally possible to do this without cloning and so far this hasn't happened. A clone would still be able to think for itself, so is no more susceptible to indoctrination than a non clone. Once cloning has been perfected there would be no more risk to the health of the mother or clone than if it had been conceived through IVF. At the moment though, there is considerable risk of abnormalities in birth and in the USA 4 out of 12 impregnated cows died from pregnancy complications. When scientists created Dolly it took 277 attempts to reach success. ...read more.

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I'm quite certain that there were similar fears of abuse of knowledge when IVF was in its infancy. Cloning a human would have to be approached in a much more sensitive way than with animals and I feel it would be important for the scientists not to treat the first clones as "lab rats". Fanatical biologists are going to pursue human technology with or without the support of government consent and funding. When I started researching this subject I was impartial, while reading about it I was totally against the idea and thought the only answer was to ban cloning, but on further thought I have realised that knowledge cannot be unlearnt and to take a Luddite approach to it would only drive it underground. So with this in mind the only answer that I can see is tight controls and government consent under license. That way we can at least regulate the advancement of science and ensure that it is approached in a humane way. ...read more.

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