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Cloning A group of genetically identical offspring produced by asexual reproduction is called a clone. The nucleus of every cell of an individual contains the genetic information needed to develop the entire organism. It is therefore possible under suitable conditions to produce a whole organism from a single cell. If a cell divides mitotically it will produce a clone. If each cell of the clone is separated and allowed to develop into the complete organism, a group of genetically identical offspring is formed. This is known as cloning. (2). Two very different procedures have been referred to as "cloning": * Embryo cloning has been successfully carried out for years on many species of animals. Some limited experimentation has been done on human embryos. * Adult DNA cloning has been used to clone a sheep, but was not tried on humans until 1998-DEC (3) Humans often think of themselves as being superior to other animals (not to mention plants, fungi, bacteria and so on) and therefore having the "right" to exploit other organisms for their own benefit. (1) The cloning of the sheep, Dolly, in 1997 was an inevitable consequence of the progress being made in genetics and biotechnology. ...read more.


(4) The Council of Europe has passed human cloning protocol, for example, which states: "The instrumentalisation of human beings through the deliberate creation of genetically identical human beings is contrary to human dignity and thus constitutes a misuse of medicine and biology." Human dignity is continually debated in the ethics of biotechnology. (6) There are many risks involved with cloning: health risks from mutation of genes - an abnormal baby would be a nightmare come true. The technique is extremely risky right now. A particular worry is the possibility that the genetic material used from the adult will continue to age so that the genes in a newborn baby clone could be - say - 30 years old or more on the day of birth. Many attempts at animal cloning produced disfigured monsters with severe abnormalities. So that would mean creating cloned embryos, implanting them and destroying (presumably) those that look imperfect as they grow in the womb. However some abnormalities may not appear till after birth. A cloned cow recently died several weeks after birth with a huge abnormality of blood cell production. ...read more.


You cannot have so-called therapeutic cloning without reproductive cloning because the technique to make cloned babies is the same as to make a cloned embryo to try to make replacement tissues. In any case it is a myth that you will get organs from cloned embryos. At best you will get clusters of cells. And at the speed at which biotech is accelerating there will soon be other ways to get such cells. (5) A child born permanently deaf, or lame, or blind, or with short life expectancy would surely have grounds for complaints if these characteristics were deliberately chosen. Why then do some people feel that designing children to be healthy, talented or to possess some beneficial feature might be wrong? (7) The phrase "designer children" has clear negative connotations. The implication is that parents are more concerned with pleasing themselves than with valuing children for their own sake. However, normal sexual reproduction has always had a large element of design in it. Cultures, religion and races that have encouraged their members to marry other members of the same group are all into designer children. If creating a world with less disability and disease seem preferable, then, like me, you will believe in minimising disease and disability and maximising health and good fortune. ...read more.

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