Cloning: Potential Benefits vs. Potential Abuses
Dolly the sheep was the first cloned animal and what interested the world of cloning. There was a sudden curiosity that rose in society about how cloning benefits the common man. If they could do it to a sheep, why not anything else? When the media is talking about cloning, it is usually talking about reproductive cloning. There are different types of cloning however, and cloning technologies can be used for other purposes besides producing the genetic twin of another organism.
The reason cloning became an interest is because if the vital organs of the human body can be cloned, they can serve as backup systems for human beings. Cloning can also be a solution to infertility, cloning has an option for producing children. Cloning may make it possible to reproduce a certain trait in human beings. We will be able to produce people with certain qualities, human beings with particular desirable traits, thus making human beings a man made being. Genetic researchers may be able to understand the composition of genetic constituents on human beings better. Cloning can serve as the best means to replicate animals that can be used for research purposes. If positive changes can be brought about in living beings with the help of cloning, it will indeed be a boon to mankind.
Cloning created identical genes, which is a process of replicating a genetic constitution therefore it hampers the differences in genes. If we lessen the diversity in genes there is less of a chance for adaptation. Cloning can offer the ability to choose which traits fir reproduction it also has the chance of giving undesirable traits. While cloning human organs and using them for ‘spare parts’ or in cloning itself technical and economical barriers will be considered. On the moral and ethical front as well, cloning raises several serious questions. It devalues man-kind, as a new birth is a natural process, and seriously undermines the value of human...
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