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Cloning is a subject that has been argued for years and even more since the cloning of a sheep. In 1997 when Dr. Ian Wilmot cloned the first adult sheep, people started to realize that cloning was no longer just something that might happen in the future but something that was very real and something that was happening right now in the present. I believe that this is going to be the new big debate in the world. I think that the old debate was on abortion and whether or not we, as a society, should support pro-choice or pro-life. Now we have moved past abortion and now we are moving into cloning. There have already been human embryos cloned in China, which has been very successful. So the ability to clone is possible. The question about cloning we have as a country is simple; as a society are we going to support cloning or are we going to deny the ability to do something that has never been done before? By understanding how the cloning process works and what advantages and disadvantages cloning has to offer; I believe that there will be many more supporters of this new science. According to the most recent poll done by TIME/CNN on February 7-8 2001, 88 percent of people answered that scientist should not be allowed to clone humans (Time). ...read more.

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In a report by the National Center for Health Statistics shows that 2.1 million married couples were infertile in 1995 (Barren). Also according to the 2000 Census there are nearly one million gay and lesbian couples in America (Mason). So as you can see for about 3 million couples just in America cloning would be extremely helpful. One of the most important things in life for many people is the opportunity to have and raise a child. So those who are unfortunately unable to have children are given an opportunity to raise a child that has their own genes in them with cloning. Another great reason to allow cloning to be legal is that is has the ability to cure genetic diseases. How this works is simpler said then done, but it is strongly believed to work. According to the Human Cloning Foundation, it is said that the average person has eight defective genes in them. These defective genes allow people to become sick when they would otherwise remain healthy (Benefits). So what cloning may be able to do is to replace the defective genes so they won't continue to be passed down from generation to generation. For example women that may have a high risk of Down syndrome could have the option to ensure that their child or children would not get this disease (Benefits). ...read more.

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This is a great point that Dixon brings up and he absolutely right, there could be problems like this but we are not one hundred percent certain. If we don't experiment then we will never know. I truly believe that making cloning legalized would be a great help not just for humans but also for animals, like endangered species. Of course there are some risks to cloning but with anything there are going to be risks. From what I see, there is much more to gain than to lose. With what I am calling the new big debate on the rise; I think that cloning should be a topic that is talked about more than it has been. I feel that many people that are against cloning and even people that are for cloning really don't understand exactly what cloning is or what how the process exactly works. Many people only hear rumors and believe things that they see on television. I think that when people here the word cloning they think of something scary. Having more discussions in schools as well as on television on the cloning issue and how the process works would be extremely helpful. The more quickly people become educated on this new scientific knowledge, the faster lives can be saved and new families can begin. Having the support of all society is going to be needed because without it there may be more problems than good. ...read more.

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