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Cloning - the scientific and ethical issues

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A clone is genetically identical duplicate of an organism, produced by replacing the nucleus of an unfertilized ovum with the nucleus of a body cell from the organism. This has been a very controversial issue in the political scientific world. Many scientists believed a step toward a successful clone to be highly premature, both morally and scientifically. The scientific doubt on cloning is based on evidence from previous "successes" of clones such as Dolly, the first ever cloned sheep, in 1997. There was a major down-side in the outcome of Dolly, because animals produced this way usually suffer from different forms of genetic damages and mutations that are still not fully understood. ...read more.

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If successful, it can provide an opportunity to the victims of incurable diseases or a failing organ to live a life that they're entitled to. It can give hope to the families of these victims. Even better is the idea that this research can provide a future where society is no longer plagued by diseases or abnormal birth defects! When a doctor tells a parent that their child will not survive after a critical accident, we can not imagine what the parents must be feeling. With a successful advance in cloning research, we can stop this! We can give the parents hope and their child a second chance at life. ...read more.

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In their quest to help mankind, scientists have turned toward cloning as a possible solution to the problem. I advocate this research for medical reasons. I understand the good and bad possibilities that may result from the outcome of a successful cloning research. I am fully aware what evil may come of this. But I believe that a far greater good than bad will come out of it. If evil results from cloning, restrictions and laws can be made to protect the public. It's a chance that we must take. Science can only advance by taking a chance! There's a saying that wise man only gambles when he knows that he'll win. This is a gamble that I'm willing to take because I know this cloning research will provide a healthy future for all of us. ...read more.

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