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Human Cloning: Should It Be Banned?

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Gabrielle Gove ENG 112 01 Mrs. Harris March 1, 2007 Compare and Contrast Paper Human Cloning: Should It Be Banned? One of the most talked about, observed, and debatable topics in the world is the process of human cloning. Cloning is defined as "the process of creating an identical copy of an original. A clone in the biological sense, therefore, is a single cell (like bacteria, lymphocytes, etc) or multi-cellular organism that is genetically identical to another living organism...Human cloning is defined as the creation of a genetically identical copy of an existing human or growing cloned tissue from that individual" (Wikipedia). The purpose of this essay is to explain the general concept of human cloning, explain the different sides on the issue, and to explain my view on the issue of human cloning. Should human cloning be banned because it is unethical? Or would it bring new wonders to the world of science? Human cloning should be considered very carefully. Every human being in the world is considered to be unique and one-of-a-kind. It has been recently proven that the same technology that allows for the cloning of animals can also be applied to the cloning of humans. While there is no known case of a human being cloned, there have been cases of animals being cloned. ...read more.

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Therapeutic cloning is the center of Gove 3 the debate on stem cell research and human cloning. "By banning human cloning, it would prevent scientists from finding cures to countless diseases and from creating replacement tissues and organs that could save thousands if not millions of lives" ("Human Cloning Should Not Be Banned"). In other words, the ban would kill human beings in order to protect a collection of human cells. It would also violate scientists rights to pursue their research on the subject. There are also some people who oppose human cloning and think it should be banned. They object to it by "citing possible scenarios". For example "suppose a person wanted numerous clones of himself or herself and suppose a sports star desires a clone who would then be expected to achieve greatness in sports. These cases create a pause in the issue, since the motivation for cloning appears to be questionable". (Satris 151). The primary reason for banning the cloning of living and/or dead humans was argued by philosopher Hans Jonas in the early 1970's. According to Jonas "he correctly noted that it does not matter that creating an exact duplicate of an existing person is impossible. What really matters is that the person is chosen to be cloned because of some characteristics he or she possesses" (Satris 155) ...read more.

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I think that messing with God's creations is wrong. We may hurt the animals and the people if we do things to them and to the clones. I believe that if we really tried and went to other places in the world, we could find what we are looking for and we would not be potentially harming animals and humans. Gove 5 I think scientists are very smart people, but since they are so smart, I believe they could come up with cures, treatments, etc in different ways besides cloning for diseases. Also, if scientists create too many clones in one setting, they could all probably die and then all that work would be for nothing. Human cloning can be harmful to society because it could kill the clone and the original and then there would be lawsuits. I think that is inhumane. I believe cloning the dead is dumb because you do not know what will come out of it. Many people are against human cloning and other types of cloning, I believe it is mainly due to lack of knowledge. But cloning could be beneficial to society. Cloning is an amazing scientific breakthrough in history that cannot be ignored. For all we know, a scientist could be cloning the first human at this very minute! I believe that the art of cloning plants, animals, and even humans is a controversial issue that we, as a society, have to be educated on, be prepared for, and be ready to accept. ...read more.

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