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The Advantages and Moral Dilemmas of Human Cloning.

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The Advantages and Moral Dilemmas of Human Cloning 20/1/2004 Cloning, especially human cloning has been the most disputed subject of the last decade. Ever since Dolly the sheep was first cloned in 1996, scientists around the world have asked the question could this be done to a human. The argument is still continuing today in 2004 and only some scientists are daring to research into this subject. The two most popular views are almost obvious; those who believe cloning should be pursued and encouraged, and those who believe that humans should not seek to clone themselves because they believe that is wrong. Questions such as, "Should we clone humans for the human organs they could provide?" "Should we draw a line as to the limit of human cloning, if so, where?" and others quickly arise in discussions on human cloning. So, although in essence there are only two major viewpoints, the area dividing them is not clear and contains a dense grey area clouded with ethical and moral dilemmas. ...read more.

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The resulting lamb was an exact genetic copy of the sheep that provided the transferred nucleus, not of those who provided the egg. One reason people are so against cloning is the fact that it could produce abnormalities. This could be the main reason that science is holding out on cloning humans. Other arguments are that cloning is against religious beliefs, being unnatural. Some wonder how the clone would feel emotionally if they found out that they were cloned or if they'd have problems. Many people also wonder who would be cloned. If clones were nurtured and used as organ banks, this would change the nature of what it is to be human because it is taking the aspect that a human life is not worth much. And what if a clone was allowed to develop as a normal child who would be responsible for her welfare, who would be her parents, how would she cope psychologically and socially? ...read more.

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The most recent experimenting is on producing human proteins in animal milk. Scientists hope that two cows from Texas, George and Charlie, will be the first cows that will produce milk that will have drugs for the use of humans. Though many of us think that cloning is recent, it has been around for a bit longer than we think. In conclusion human cloning has many advantages, but has too many moral dilemmas for it to be developed into a mainstream scientific practice. These issues need to be addressed, but in this modern society, it is likely that cloning will soon be a large part of society with-in 10 years. Human cloning can provide cures for cancer, diabetes and heart disease. Protein-enriched milk form cloning cows will be a great vehicle of vaccines to children, cloning could improve life expectancies and living standards around the world, but until welfare of clones are guaranteed and nearly all possible abnormalities and dangers are solved, cloning should not be introduced in our society. ...read more.

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