To Clone or Not To Clone?
Dolly the sheep, the world’s first mammal successfully cloned from an adult, brought hope and prosperity among scientists who view cloning as a potential cure for illnesses and other beneficial uses. The birth of Dolly represented a milestone in genetic technology but caused an enormous amount of uproar from the public. The historic event prompted a raging debate about the ethics and consequences of cloning, especially when using the same technique to clone human beings. Many people considered attempting to clone a human being to be unethical because the technology is not thoroughly researched and could cause many health risks, would lessen the worth of individuals, and is said to be “playing God” (“Arguments Against Cloning”). If human cloning were to be made completely legal throughout the world, what would it really produce?
A commonly assumed consequence to making human cloning completely legal is the cloning procedures would involve unacceptable risks and dangers to the clone. This argument comes from the fact that cloning does not work very well in animals and took over two hundred attempts to successfully clone Dolly the sheep. While this genetic technology is yet to be perfected, technology has a way of getting rid of technological errors and difficulties (Silver). Last year, scientists at the New York Stem Cell Foundation Laboratory used cloning technology to reprogram an adult human egg cell to an embryonic state. This was a successful step towards one day making the human cloning procedure completely safe and effective for anybody. Seeming to be only a matter of time, if proven to be entirely secure and potent, the procedure would successfully produce a healthy child with the same exact genetic information as somebody else.
While the production of a healthy human being is potentially astonishing, the cloning of humans has other varieties of beneficial possibilities to offer that could dramatically change the world...
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