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Cloning could be used for the benefit or demise of the world, unforeseen problems may arise from cloned copies of plants, animals, or humans.

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Matt Skinner 5/30/09 Block 4 Biology: Mrs. Gilbert Against Cloning Have you ever looked in a mirror, and wondered what it would be like if you weren't looking in a mirror and saw yourself? With cloning, this may be possible in the years coming. To some people it may sound enticing, but others might not enjoy life knowing that there is someone walking around who looks just like them. In Scotland in 1997 the first successful cloning was accomplished, but cloning had been considered for 100s of years. There are three main types of cloning. The first being recombinant DNA technology, or DNA cloning, the second type is reproductive cloning which is also the first successful type of cloning, the third type is therapeutic cloning which is used for medical purposes. Cloning could be used for the benefit or demise of the world, unforeseen problems may arise from cloned copies of plants, animals, or humans. The first living organism that was cloned was Dolly the sheep. Dolly was created using reproductive cloning. Dolly was named after the famous country singer Dolly Parton. Dolly was cloned by Ian Wilmut, Keith Campbell, and colleagues at the Roslin Institute in Edinburgh, Scotland. ...read more.

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Cloning causes many problems with a persons' diversity. Parents may want to make designer babies' a certain height or hair color. The amounts of social problems that may result from cloning are endless. An example, a person who has a clone might have problems with identity theft, and similar crimes. Individuality could be a problem if there are clones that look like each other. A clone may not have the same family ties as others; he or she may not have genetic ties to their parent. Also cloning could have an outcome in a lack of required DNA diversity which helps to improve survivability in the future. A good example of this can be seen in the Florida Panther. The Panther does not have enough genetic diversity left in the surviving animals and the offspring are born with health problems and usually do not survive. The same principle applies to food and animals, if animals or foods genetic diversity had been destroyed, and only one kind was left it could be wiped out completely. The ideas of cloning in the eyes of some are not ethical. ...read more.

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Cloning could also be seen as a health hazard because the donor might experience problems later in life because of DNA problems. The clone may inherit mutations or diseases because of a mistake or a problem in the cloning process. Cloning is neither, ethical or unethical in my view because it is your choice to donate to the process. The person who is the clone may feel differently since they did not ask to be a clone. Cloning is the process by which a DNA sequence, such as a gene which is transferred from one organism to another and replicated by genetic engineering techniques. (dictionary.com). Even though cloning is very expensive and possibly unethical in some cases, and may cause mutations; there might still be a purpose for cloning. Laws need to be established regarding cloning. Medical insurance may or may not cover this; it would be up to government and legislature to establish when it would be covered. The group assigned to me for the debate was against cloning, but my personal view right now is that cloning has both good and bad that may be the result from the process. My feelings are in the middle about pros and cons to cloning. It may be good but it may also end up being bad. Sources: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dolly_the_sheep http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cloning http://www.wisegeek.com/what-are-the-pros-and-cons-of-cloning.htm http://jetpress.org/volume13/bainbridge.html http://www.ornl.gov/sci/techresources/Human_Genome/elsi/cloning.shtml http://www.scu.edu/ethics/publications/cloning.html http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/cloning ...read more.

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