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Informative Speech

Title: Arguments for Human Cloning

Specific Purpose: The purpose of this speech is to inform my audience about the arguments given by supporters of human cloning.

Thesis: “Those who support human cloning make several claims of fact, value and policy to argue their case for human cloning.”

I. Introduction

II. The majority of the population fears cloning only because they are uneducated and believe the misconceptions spread by the popular media.

a. Cloning is easier than most people think.

i. The nucleus is removed from an egg cell.

ii. The DNA is separated from any cell in the donor.

iii. The separated DNA is then placed into the empty egg.

iv. The egg is implanted into a woman’s uterus and carried like any other

person.

b. A clone would not be a mindless zombie or a laboratory creation; any clone would be carried for nine months and delivered by a human mother like any other person.

c. Clones would be decades younger than their “parent,” so they could be considered time-delayed identical twins.

d. If we look at the best experience we have, identical twins, we find that twins share only 50% of personality characteristics and 70% of their intelligence, so we could safely assume clones would be nowhere near Zerox copies of the original.

e. Human clones would have different fingerprints.

f. Much of “who we are” is determined by environment and experiences, not genetics.

i. A clone would not have the same friends.

ii. Their parents/upbringing would be different.

iii. They would live in a different time, and possible, place.

iv. Clones would not have the same experiences as the original.

III. Cloning can have a large, positive impact on parents who have fertility difficulties.

a. Parents with a high probability of passing on a crippling or fatal genetic disease to their children, but who do not suffer from the disease themselves, can be secure in the thought that their child will be...
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