Honors English 12
January 6, 2011
Frankenstein and Human Reproductive Cloning
Cloning throughout the years has become a much heated topic to discuss in the scientific community, as well as the political community. It is considered by many people to be one of the greatest inventions ever discovered based on the popularity in which scientists are intrigued by the science. There are many types of cloning, including plant cloning, DNA cloning, therapeutic cloning, and the much debated human reproductive cloning. Ideas of the replication of humans began after "Dolly" the sheep, was successfully cloned by two renowned Scottish scientists at Roslin Institute in 1996 (Ornl). Other animals have also been successfully reproduced after the breakthrough with Dolly and it seemed to be logical to the scientific community to take cloning a step further with the science of cloning live human beings. It would become difficult for scientists to achieve the great goal of human cloning because of the strong opposition that would fight against their plans. Controversy has surrounded the topic of cloning since the Human Genome project in the 80’s, in which scientists were halted by the government because of the fear from scientists that disapproved of cloning based on it being an “unlawful, unethical, and an immoral activity” (Naik). The opposition of the scientific experiment was also produced from the religious community who found cloning to stand in the way of human nature and also procreation. The resistances of the many groups of people who frown upon the science of cloning raise more and more questions of the ethics behind the power that people hold, whether it is to utilize it for the greater good of humans, for the mere satisfaction of having the possession of a potentially destructive power. People began to utilize the theme of “Knowledge is Power,” to explain the issues that come along with having knowledge that could be dangerous. It...