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Is cloning right or wrong?

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Case Study: Is Cloning Right or Wrong? Contents Introduction Cloning has aroused a substantial amount of debate in the past few years, due to its ethical properties. Some might say that cloning is a good thing and it can benefit the human race and others think it is one aspect of science that should be left alone. Cloning raises many ethical problems and the point of view one might take may be influenced by their religious view and or personal morals. Ever since the idea of cloning has been introduced to people whether it be through sci-fi comics back in the sixties or since the story of Dolly the sheep hit the papers in 1997, people have had varying opinions on cloning. The title of this case study is, "Is Cloning Right or Wrong?," and there is no clear answer to this question however in this case study I hope to present the points of view of different people and to present my take on these views. What is cloning and how is it done? Cloning in general is the duplication of a cell or cells, this duplication would be identical to the original. However, cloning has different branches and purposes. The most commonly talked about type of cloning, which the media tend to discuss is reproductive cloning. ...read more.

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An ethical question such as the title of this case study, "Is cloning right or wrong?" is a question which has no finite answer, it is open for debate and your views depend on who you are and what your morals are. This section has focussed on arguments against cloning and why it is not ethical, however cloning can benefit the human race in many ways to and there is another side to the argument as there always is and these will be discussed in a later section. Religious views on cloning Cloning is generally a bad thing when looked at from a religious point of view, because most religious people believe that life begins at conception how God intended. In the book, (10)"Human Cloning, Right or Wrong?," by Eryl Davies it is said that "many Christians believe that a second bible principle is pertinent to cloning, namely, that human life begins at conception." And so what is being said is that human life should begin naturally. Although the book is written by Evangelical Christians I still feel the source is reliable as it shows us a view from a religious point of view. Any point of view will always be bias because it will always conform with your personal morals and religious beliefs and so I don't think this source is bias, it is simply voicing the beliefs of the Evangelical Christians. ...read more.

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Conclusion I've taken evidence from reliable sources and it can be said that the newspapers, scientific journals, online scientific news websites and books I have carefully selected for reliability all make very valid arguments for against cloning. I personally feel that from the evidence collected cloning can do wonderful things for humans. Stem cell research will save thousands of lives because we will find out more and more about how to cure injuries and diseases. This can only mean that cloning in this manner is right because it is giving people a much better quality of life. This cannot be a bad thing. However the evidence opposing cloning has also allowed me to understand why sometimes cloning is ethically wrong. From a religious point of view it can be said that life begins at conception and that you are "playing God" by cloning. Furthermore, the extensive discarding of ovaries and potential organisms in cloning is enough to be able to say that cloning is unethical. So the evidence suggests that cloning can be unethical from some religious points of view and when you think about the amounts of discarded living biological material. However, cloning, more specifically therapeutic cloning, can ultimately save millions of lives and this is a good thing and from this point of view cloning is right. ...read more.

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