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The cloning of Dolly.

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Contents Subject Page No. Introduction 2 Definitions of Terms 3 - 4 Arguments for and against 5 - 10 What the law states on the subject 11 Case studies 12 - 14 Islamic Perspective on Cloning 15 - 17 Personal Evaluation 18 Bibliography 19 Introduction Cloning On the 23 February 1997, the world woke up to news of a new technological advance. This advance was embodied in a "little lamb" going by the name of Dolly. At first glance, one could be forgiven for wondering what was so special about this white-faced sheep. Dolly looked like hundreds of the other lambs that dot the hills and fields of Scotland; and indeed for six months this lamb had grazed quietly and unnoticed among them. Dolly appeared positively ordinary. However, Dolly, despite appearances, had a most unusual conception. She was not the end result of a fusion of sperm with egg, which had been cloned from a single cell taken from the breast tissue of an adult sheep. It was the idea that this technology could be applied to humans. The cloning of Dolly raises serious ethical questions, particularly with respect to the possible use of this technology to clone human embryos. Religious groups across the world wondered if this is a miracle was to which we can thank God for, or to ignore it as an ominous way of playing God ourselves. Ethical choices must also have to be made. The public response to cloning suggests that countries differ widely in their opinions of this new technology. Immediately after the announcement of Dolly's birth, Italy banned the cloning of any mammal, but a number of groups in the U.S. welcomed the technique. This shows the difference in opinion, all around the world. What's the purpose of cloning? The main purpose of cloning is to find a more effective way of producing animals for desirable agriculture, food or medicine. ...read more.


The very low success rate being 13.6%. As with Dolly, out of the 277 cell fusions only 29 cells began growing in culture. All 29 were implanted into ewes but only a single lamb was produced. This is a success rate of a mere 0.36%. This also raised the important issue of this happening to humans? One of the experimented mothers used in the production of Megan and Morag, had to have a caesarean purely because the lamb she was carrying was so huge. The lamb weighed 15lb where as the average weight for a welsh mountain lamb was 8lb. Defects after Cloning Cloned animals have been found to suffer from serious genetic defects - this discovery that could deliver a fatal blow to hopes of ever using cloning for human reproduction. French scientists have, for the first time discovered new evidence, which show that cloning interferes with the normal function of genes in the human body. A valid factor that altogether decide whether cloning was to be made illegal was that after the animal or human had been cloned they could they could develop an illness that that would most definitely kill the animal and hopefully not, a human. Professor Wilmut, who cloned Dolly the sheep, said that once the cloning process had completed, it could inherited problems, due to the different process they used, to clone Dolly. Further more, one of the calves used in the Dolly experiment had developed normally for the first few weeks but later developed a rapid reduction in red blood cells, the calf later developed a very severe form of anemia, caused by incomplete development of its lymph glands. Playing God Most people believe that we were created by god but in the case of cloning somebody else in the world are creating life on earth. Many groups in the U.K believe that it is not natural for humans to be produced in the horrific process of cloning. ...read more.


Islam regards personal relationships as essential to human and religious life. In fact, the Prophet is reported to have said that nine-tenth of religion constitutes are to do with human relationships, whereas only one-tenth is God-human. Since the George Washington University Medical Centre successfully duplicated, genetically defective human embryos in 1993, Muslims have raised questions about the misuse of human embryos beyond IVF implantation in terms of their impact upon the original relationship between man and woman. This indicates that there would be almost an agreement in Islamic rulings on therapeutic uses of cloning, as long as the family of the child remains religiously unblemished. Muslims, like other people around the world, thinks the technology is abnormal. For Muslim people, no human action is possible without an intention and will. In the recent history, it is quite reasonable for the Muslims, Christians and Jews, to fear political abuse of the reproduction technology through cloning. With its prominence on spiritual legality, Islam has refused to agree with the validity. The only valid claim to nobility in the Qur'an stems from being god fearing. Personal Evaluation My position on the issue What would happen if we cloned a person? Would it be just like the real person? Would it have the same knowledge? Personality? Physical features? And most importantly, would it have a soul? Maybe it would have a different soul, or they'll share the same soul, or maybe it won't have a soul. Can it live without a soul? Only God can create life. I think by cloning, especially people, we (in a sense) become God. Able to create and destroy life, whenever we choose to. And just think of the cloned person. If by some miracle we can clone a person, and it lives. It will be locked up in a lab for the rest of its life. While scientists perform tests on it. In my opinion human cloning should be left alone. ...read more.

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