We all want to cure those who are sick. We want to wipe out disease. No, we demand it! Most of us in this audience have either lost loved ones or have seen loved ones suffer debilitating disease. We are waiting for the time when we no longer have to suffer such things. Can cloning be the answer to incurable disease? Is it good for mankind? In this paper I want to explain why I support cloning research. Let me first say couple words about this scientific innovation.
The basic cloning process is very easy. In a lab setting, a viable cell, such as a skin cell or hair follicle is taken from a donor. The DNA from the viable cell is removed and transferred to an egg, taken from a second donor. The egg is then implanted into a surrogate. The result is a clone of the original donor. A clone is like an identical twin; and identical twin occurs when a single fertilized egg splits into two, creating an exact genetic duplicate of the first. Whether it is creating a duplicate cell or duplicate animal, cloning is the same concept. Scientists have been successfully cloning frogs since the 1970’s.
(Silver, M. Lee.) Many people believe that cloning of the human race can lead to many unforeseen issues and potentially damage our genetic history. They believe that it is against Gods will. But why then God gave humans this knowledge about cloning? Indeed it surprise me a lot the fact that so many people don’t agree with and support cloning and mainly human one. I believe that it is because many dont know a lot about this scientific innovation and the lack of knowledge brings them to oppose cloning. If people believe that cloning is wrong because it is trying to play God then how will they respond to this question: Have ever had a friend or loved one survive a car accident or a heart attack because of medical technology? If yes, then I can assume they think performing surgery, taking medication, putting someone on a respirator, and artificial fertilization is also playing God.
Cloning captured public attention when Scottish scientists startled the world by announcing the birth of a sheep named Dolly that had been cloned by combining the nucleus of an adult mammary cell and an enucleated sheep egg. Interest intensified when Richard Seed, a physicist with no expertise in cloning, no institutional affiliation, and no funding, announced that he would clone humans for a fee. ...
Those concerned that scientists are “playing at God” seemed to ignore how much mankind has altered the cards that we were originally dealt. Animals were first domesticated about 5000 years ago and selective breeding since has produced modern strains of livestock, plants and pets, which are very different from their original progenitors. In medicine, our current life expectancy of well over 70 years is a result of direct intervention in nature, from improved prenatal care, vaccination and use of antibiotics. (MacKinnon, Barbara) I believe that human cloning should be allowed and should proceed into the future. I believe that the advantages of human cloning far outweigh the disadvantages. Looking at these advantages I can say that cloning can and will provide better research capabilities concerning many present diseases like cancer, ADIS, heart diseases and will help to find cures to them.
Many people have suffered from a loss of a very close person. Cloning can help to bring back friends or relatives who have passed away by cloning an identical copy. (McGee, Glen) Cloning may help to cure infertility. Nowadays many people who are infertile are discriminated against. Men are made to feel like they are not “real men.” Women are made to feel as if they are useless barren vessels. Worse, being infertile is often not considered a “real medical problem” and insurance companies and governments are not sympathetic. The current options for infertile couples are painful, expensive, and heart breaking.
... other genes that would either disable or disfigure a child. Many people believe a human clone would not have a soul, because it would ... expectations or not parents still love their children unconditionally. The last argument is one of religious aspects on why cloning should not be ...
Cloning has the potential to change the world for infertile couples almost overnight. Cloning also can give a child to a woman who is single and doesnt want to have an artificial insemination. Cloning gives as the possibility of choosing the physical characteristics that we want. This innovation also gives as the choice of parents. Some parents really destroy a childs life. They might be alcoholic, child-beating molesters or drugs addicted.
Now this child (who might be already a grown up himself) has a chance to change this. Now, human cloning allows you the opportunity to participate in choosing the parents for your clone. Now many people do plastic surgeries in order to become young again. Now this can be done wit the help of cloning. Human cloning essentially means taking a human being’s DNA and reversing its age back to zero. Cloning will help us understand how to reverse DNA back to age 20 or whatever age we want to be. Cloning would be a step towards a fountain of youth.
(Lauritzae, Paul) Human cloning can improve the parent-child relationship. Raising a clone would be like having a child with an instruction manual. You would have a head start on the needs and talents of your child. We are not saying that a clone would be a carbon copy with no individuality. Our talents and desires are genetic, developmental, and environmental. We would have a head start on understanding the genetic component of a cloned child.
(McGee, Glen) Cloning will help people to have a better sense of identity – If we had some information about ourselves, perhaps we could sooner or better discovery who we are. A clone would have access to a tremendous amount of information about his or her parent that could greatly help in understanding one’s psyche and physical attributes. All of this information could provide a better sense of identity. (McGee, Glen) Animal cloning also is a great step in future. I believe that it should not only be allowed but also supported by scientists, government and people. Animals and plants can be cloned for medical and scientific purposes. Through the research leading up to human cloning, we should discover how to clone animals and plants to produce life-saving medications.
(McGee, Glen) On the whole I believe that cloning is a great scientific innovation that will make a significant change in our lives and the world around. This will mark the beginning of a new era in science, a step towards creating new medicine and new cures. Cloning simply will give a hope and a choice that we didnt have before. References http://www.humancloning.org/benefits.htm Lauritzae, Paul. Cloning and the Future of Human Embryo Research. (2001) Oxford University Press. McKinnon, Barbara. (2002) Human Cloning: Science, Ethics, and Public Policy.
Another Chance of Life Can there be another you? The answer is no, but by human cloning you can reproduce an offspring that grows into an exact genetically double of you. All of us want to prolong the lives of our loved ones and have a healthy newborn baby. Many infertility couples wanted to have a baby that is genetically theirs, not from adopting a child from a different family background. In ...
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