PHI 103 Informal Logic
September 20, 2010
In this day and age cloning seems to be one of the most debatable concerns. Scientists seem to get incredibly wound up thinking about all the potential that human cloning can present. Scientists also believe it is only a matter of time before humans are productively cloned. Some people, to some extent, are uncomfortable about human cloning and typically people tend to agree that cloning is morally wrong. However there are those that think there could be positive outcome for human cloning. Then there are others, like me, who believe that human cloning is morally wrong but can see how cloning human organs could be beneficial. How far is too far for scientists to go with this? Should a border line be drawn on how far to go? These things are what some people get into debates about human cloning. My goal for this paper is to shed light on some of the negative and positive ideas of human cloning.
In my personal opinion I do not see how anything positive could come out of human cloning. What about the clone, does it have a soul, feelings; can it even be its own individual person? These are just a few questions that not only myself but others wonder. I can see how cloning human organs could be helpful to humans in need of medical assistance, but then again that, to me, would be playing God.
As said by Charles Krauthammer, M.D., cloning a human would be much like having your own baby except one would take a donor egg from a woman, remove its nucleus and inject the nucleus with a cell from another person. Krauthammer explains that by careful manipulation, the egg and the injected nucleus can be tricked into dedifferentiating (returning to original state as a primal cell). Now this cell is the same as a fertilized egg in natural procreation except it has chromosomes from one person, not two. The cell would then behave like a normal embryo, dividing and developing (Matecki, 2007).
I can see how cloning humans would sound like the perfect way to get organs for people who need transplants; however, what happens to the cloned human when the scientists need some of its organs to help others. Would the clone be its own person, with its own feelings and emotions that humans have? Would the scientists have to murder or take apart the clone to help others? Would that be considered murder, isn’t that one of God’s commandment, Thou shall not kill? If the human clone does have human feelings and emotions what are the possibilities that the clones would retaliate and fight against it.
Not only is the idea of human cloning being objected by religious groups but what about the logical and scientific concerns that should be taken into consideration.
What would happen if in a decade we have perfected cloning to the point that we are able to alter our own children’s genetic makeup in the womb; we could make future generations more resistant to diseases. I believe this could be a great benefit. It could make our world have minute to no sickness, even the smallest sicknesses like the common cold would cease to be a worry. Former deadly viruses and diseases like HIV, AIDS, Cancer and so many others would come to an end.
What would happen if some new virus or disease was to come along that these new generations of children had no defense against? Mankind could face up against a worldwide epidemic. What if the epidemic was like the black plague that happened in medieval Europe or something worse; we could potential face extinction.
Now here is another scenario; the same would apply to cloning animals as a source of food. Say that a herd of cattle that was genetically enhanced clones was used as a food supply for town 1. They have been cloned by scientists to be just what the doctor ordered: the meat was lean, had more desirable taste, and their milk was more nutritious. Now over in town 2 they still...
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