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'Is the cloning of human cells useful to mankind?'

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Human Awareness Essay 'Is the cloning of human cells useful to mankind?' A clone is a group of genetically identical cells, or a group of organisms that are genetically identical. I believe the cloning of human cells to produce organs or even infants is inevitably going to happen. The cloning of human cells will become very beneficial to us in the future, but there are still the ethical matters of the process, which in my eyes will always be there. I believe at this stage the ethical matters far outweigh the potential advantages. As it states on the world book website 'Infertile couples who do not wish to adopt for instance, could use cloning to have children who are biologically related to them.' Even this point would raise concerns such as which parents would be eligible or would gay couples be allowed to clone babies for themselves, another issue is if all these people have their own babies who would adopt orphans with no parents. ...read more.

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Scientists predict that the clones would have the same sense of individually that's twins have, but probably considerably more because they grew up at different periods. People who defend the banning o human cloning say that the same objections were similar to when people objected against other scientific achievements, for example test tube babies and heart transplants which all came to be later widely accepted. The ethical concerns raised are because the technique has not been perfected many deaths or mutations could occur in the clones or organs. This could cause pain for the clones, which I believe is unacceptable to create life only for it to experience defects or pain. This is due to the fact that not very much is known about what might happen and the possible disadvantages for the clone. An argument that people use against the cloning is that certain religious groups believe that it is against gods will. ...read more.

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It is only a matter of time until scientists find out more about the procedure, and the possible outcomes and how to safely clone a human. The research should definitely go ahead because the potential benefits are enormous and far outweigh the ethical issues. The fact that the cloning could save lives for some people and make life considerably better for others is very encouraging. The extra issues that come about as a result of the cloning will have to be resolved when and if they occur. I also believe that for the safety of humans strong laws will have to be set, to clearly define what can and what cant be cloned or in what quantity. In conclusion I believe that the day human cloning is proved to be safe is the day that many lives will be improved or even saved. The issue is clearly inevitable in my eyes and will definitely occur possibly in the near future. The impact would clearly be huge and definitely the benefits would make it well worthwhile. ...read more.

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