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Should we clone or not?

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Maja Szydlowska Mary Snyder-K�rber Composition II Friday, 11-1 January 01, 2001 Should we clone or not? "Cloning is the possibility of creating genetically identical samples of living beings by artificially caused breeding that does not require any gender". This is a definition which I have looked up in an encyclopaedia of foreign words. The discussion on this topic has started the day the possibility of cloning cells had been discovered, and it will go on since more and more ethical, moral and technological questions have to be answered. The most important question that we should ask ourselves is: Should we clone or not? The fast technological progress of the world, which is definitely needed because of the rapidly growing population, evolves a large amount of problems that we have not come across before. ...read more.


Besides, hunger diseases will be eliminated if we simply clone enough animals to nourish the world population. Also cereal crops and vegetables can be made resistant against coldness, floods, dryness and insects by mixing the best set of genes or even create new ones. Although these are possibilities which could improve the overall quality of life, we should not forget about the dangers cloning might bring us. Surely the elimination of genetic defects is a major improvement for mankind, but where will this interfering with nature lead us to? Scientists would be able to create disease resistant children according to a wish list: Colour of skin, eyes, abilities and even the IQ of our child could be fixed genetically. ...read more.


Are we allowed to interfere with natural processes? As far as ethical and moral questions are concerned, I consider the genetic tailoring of offsprings a violation of natural evolution. On the other hand cloning cells for medical and surgical purposes cannot be forbidden for humanitarian reasons. If it meant a real chance to heal people's diseases, it would be also a moral problem not to use it. All in all, the question if to clone or not will keep occupying us as long as the investigation on cloning will continue. Only if a careful research for this topic and the steady including of ethical and moral questions is guaranteed, we may be able to deal responsibly with cloning some day and to benefit from its possibilities. ?? ?? ?? ?? 1 1 ...read more.

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