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"If human cloning can help prevent the suffering caused by hereditary diseases, we should welcome it."

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Essay Writing Caroline M´┐Żller Kathryn Baker May, 1st 2002 SS 2002 "If human cloning can help prevent the suffering caused by hereditary diseases, we should welcome it." Ever since the cloning of the first adult sheep, Dolly, the idea of cloning has become a major issue and the subject of many debates. There is the notion that a human clone would not be the same as any other person, but a clone would be just a normal person, created with and having the same genes as the person cloned. Because the idea of cloning is rather new and misunderstood, many people are afraid of it. However, the practice of cloning can be used to benefit society and therefore should be legalised. ...read more.

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Apart from that, this would also help those who are at a high risk for having a child with a genetic disease. They could clone one of themselves and have a healthy baby with their genes. In fact, this reproduction through cloning is close enough to other common reproduction and genetic-selection practices that it should not be treated any differently and should be given as an option. Besides the argument mentioned above, scientists are finding ways to create entire separate organs and other tissues such as nerve or heart muscles cells without the creation of an entire person. These organs can be used for transplants and with scientists cloning organs from the own patient's DNA there should be no problem with the immune rejection that can result with transplants from other sources. ...read more.

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If it were cloned, then there would be a perfect match available. To conclude, those who say that cloning and genetic engineering do not value human life are wrong because, as all these examples show, these processes can make life longer and better for many in our society. Defective genes could be eliminated, virtually excluding many inherited diseases. This could lead to the engineering of people completely resistant to other diseases, like AIDS and cancer, making all of us happier and healthier. Since cloning is going to happen anyway, the government should accept it and regulate it to try to see that it is used to benefit the most people. On the whole, it is just another tool appearing to our advantage, so why not take the chance if it can help to improve the health of all those in our society? ...read more.

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