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Should human cloning be banned?

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Introduction: In my case study I will be looking at weather human cloning should be banned or not. I will be getting my information from books and off the Internet and writing weather the information I have found is biased or not. At the end of the case study I will write a conclusion on what my views are on human cloning. What is human cloning? Human cloning is a genetically identical copy of an existing, or previously existing human being or a clone tissue from a human. The different types of cloning are: * Recombinant DNA technology or DNA cloning, * Reproductive cloning, * Therapeutic cloning. Recombinant DNA technology or DNA cloning: DNA cloning is the transfer of DNA from one organism to a self-replicating genetic element such as a bacterial plasmid. The DNA of interest can then be put into a foreign host cell. This technology has been around since the 1970s. Reproductive Cloning: Reproductive cloning is a technology used to generate an animal that has the same nuclear DNA as another currently or previously existing animal. ...read more.


This will be done to generate tissues and organs for transplants, to do this DNA will have to be taken from the person that would need the transplant and inserted into an empty egg cell (that has no nucleus). Once that persons DNA has been inserted into the empty egg cell it will start to divide, then the embryonic stem cells that can be transformed into any type of tissue would be collected. The stem cells would then be used to create an organ or tissue that will be a genetic match to the patient. The cloned organ could then be transplanted into the patient with no risk of tissue rejection. This would then cut down the need for organ donation. This information was found from source 5. Disadvantages to human cloning: 1. People may be cloned and grown in cages, "On the other hand, the potential for abuse is enormous. The most frightening idea is "growing" humans in cages, in order to "harvest" their bodies for spare parts. It is not far-fetched to imagine an unscrupulous multi-millionaire cloning himself in this manner -- in case he should ever need a kidney, heart, eye, bone marrow, etc." ...read more.


About a third of the cloned calves born alive have died young, and many of them were abnormally large. Many cloned animals have not lived long enough to generate good data about how clones age." This information was found from source 5. Some of the information I have researched from websites may not be believable because they are people's opinions and may be bias. Conclusion: In conclusion I believe that human cloning shouldn't be banned, although I don't believe that it's right to clone humans for "spare parts", I do believe that cloning organs and limbs for people that are ill is right. Like cloning yourself because you need a new kidney, or producing whole body organs using DNA in some respects is an acceptable thing to do, but when it comes to cloning people in cages, using them when they need to be used and killing stem cells for some research I believe has to stop. E.g. Advantages to human cloning points 1 and 3 compared to disadvantages to human cloning points 1 and 4. Science is improving day by day but when dealing with humans, you have to draw the line somewhere. Source: 1. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/talking_point/2610993.stm 2. http://www.dartmouth.edu/~cbbc/courses/bio4/bio4-1998/noban.28Jan98.html 3. http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/79442/should_human_cloning_be_banned.html 4. http://www.geekpress.com/archive/story/981519757.html 5. http://www.ornl.gov/sci/techresources/Human_Genome/elsi/cloning.shtml#intro 6. http://www.aish.com/societywork/sciencenature/Cloning.asp 7. http://library.thinkquest.org/C0122429/ethics/disadvantages.htm ?? ?? ?? ?? Should human cloning be banned? ...read more.

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