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Therapuetic cloning case study

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By Aaron McCormack Contents page Page 1 - Title page Page 2 - Contents page Page 3 - Introduction Page 4 - What is Therapeutic cloning? Page 5 -6 - For-argument for Therapeutic cloning Page 7-8 - Against argument for Therapeutic cloning Page 9-10 - Alternative viewpoint for Therapeutic cloning Page 11 - Conclusion Page 12 - Bibliography Introduction In this case study I am going to one of the most ethical in the scientific world. With constant increase of bacteria which are immune to antibiotics that are becoming an everlasting problem. Therapeutic cloning is a way that we can make humans and another animal immune to serious. However religious leaders and scientists believe it is in humane and unethical to do so and also believe it questions god's will and the will of Mother Nature. Throughout this case study I will analyse what therapeutic cloning is the many upside and downsides of it, the ethical and scientific background behind this subject. As well as discussing hoe therapeutic cloning takes place and the significant difference it has to reproductive cloning. What is therapeutic cloning? Therapeutic cloning is a process that would allow scientists to possible make new organs and limbs to make the lives of disabled people vastly improve. Scientists do not wish to create whole humans with therapeutic cloning however they wish to have fewer restraints when experimenting with this process. ...read more.

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Also there maybe issues in how much money will be needed to fund this expensive project. Also we live in a delicate ecosystem if a virus or bacteria could not thrive in this ecosystem it could disrupt many food chains and webs causing species to become extinct. From the website www.globalchange.com/noclones I found a quote explaining the problems with therapeutic cloning: (3)1. Health risks from mutation of genes An abnormal baby would be a nightmare comes 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. Dolly the Sheep died prematurely of severe lung disease in February 2003, and also suffered from arthritis at an unexpectedly early age - probably linked to the cloning process. Even if a few cloned babies are born apparently normal we will have to wait up to 20 years to be sure they are not going to have problems later -for example growing old too fast. ...read more.

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The proposed code has already been endorsed by geneticists, healthcare ethicists, Islamic scholars and medical professionals from several international organisations, and will now be reviewed and finalised by IOMS ahead of its proposed adoption by health ministries in Muslim countries. As this is due to occur before the United Nations meets in February 2005 to finalise and vote on the wording of its human cloning declaration, the proposed code for Muslim countries could have a significant impact on the text of the declaration. Conclusion I have concluded that therapeutic cloning is next step forward for mankind. The possibilities are potentially endless to what therapeutic cloning can do. As such advancement in medicine it is one of the most important issues in the world of biology. I feel that there are too many restrictions on therapeutic cloning over obscure things. I say don't knock it till you try it. I also see the view of religious people however I think the reward hugely overweighs the risks and ethical issues. In my opinion all religious views are hypocritical; millions of animals get killed for food so we can't a few embryos is used for repair. However I see that the government does not want to make uproar of this issue even if they don't agree with certain views. In conclusion I feel that therapeutic cloning is one giant step for mankind and regardless of the ethical issues should be allowed for the sake of biological science. ...read more.

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