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Cloning - to ban or not to ban?

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THERAPEUTIC CLONING: TO BAN OR NOT TO BAN Throughout life, scientists have engineered, manufactured and cloned mice, sheep and monkeys raising matters as to whether humans may perhaps be next. The next stage for most researchers today is human genetic engineering, or therapeutic cloning which requires a human embryo either from aborted babies or the umbilical cord at birth and taking its stem cells, therefore killing the embryo which raises concern. As a society we need to question whether this is another step forward that should be encouraged or an ethical disgrace that must be put to an end? The controversy surrounding the debate for therapeutic cloning primarily lies on the benefits of being able to grow organ replacements and heal damaged tissue in order to promote a longer and healthier life which is far more important than the ethics of using human embryos. Yet, without doubt, obtaining human embryos for the extraction of stem cells is unethical and therapeutic cloning goes far beyond the moral standards set by contemporary societies who believe that the dignity of killing the human embryo is appalling. ...read more.

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* Some clones have been born with fatal defects such as malfunctioning immune systems or lung problems. A well-known case was a cloned sheep that was cloned and born but experienced chronic hyperventilation caused by deformed arteries leading to the lungs. * An old cell from which an organism is cloned could have obtained genetic deformations during its years that could give the resulting clone a tendency to fatal diseases such as cancer. 2. Psychological pain * The path taken in life by the clone's twin might have bad psychological distress or harm in the later twin. * The clone may experience concerns about its own uniqueness and individuality. * The clone would suffer from major inequality within society as it would be an "artificial child". * The life of the clone may constantly be criticized in relation to the old version. * The variety of life may significantly be reduced. * There would be a large amount of confusion amongst friends as they would not be able to tell the clone from the older version. ...read more.

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lives exploits and discriminates against vulnerable human life in a way that is incompatible with justice and the respect due to every human being regardless of how big or small he/she is. Hannah M. Vick from Embryonic Stem Cell Research believes that "the moral and ethical problems of therapeutic cloning make its continuation unacceptable. The moral consequence of compromising the life of a human being does not and cannot outweigh potential medical benefits in the future." Viewpoint: No, it should not be banned, because of the potential for medical advancements and cures for a vast array of diseases, for example, stem cells could be made to grow new nerve cells to combat dementia, Alzheimer's and even strokes and could produce replacement limbs and organs quickly which would decrease the time a patient waited for a transplantation. So who decides? (END) A Student "Currently, I believe the only person that can make an accusation on cloning's unnaturalness, is a native who lives on an island living in harmony with nature, independent of all technologies and advancements." ...read more.

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