Dolly: The First Mammal to be Cloned

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Two of a Kind Does the name Dolly sound familiar? Dolly was the first mammal to be cloned. Cloning has opened many doors and opportunities in the agricultural industry. Cloning also has helped in saving many human lives. Several years ago many people opposed using animal organs for transplants, but today it is accepted. Medicinally and agriculturally, cloning can be extremely helpful to the existence of humans. It is the cloning of human beings that raises the questions concerning ethics and morality. Cloning has become a problem for society, and these problems include a decline of genetic diversity, the morality of cloning, and a cause of psychological problems. Cloning humans can cause a decline in genetic diversity. In Leon R. Kass’s article “The United States Should Ban Reproductive Cloning and Place a Moratorium on Research Cloning,” Kass believes that one of the most challenging aspects of cloning will be human dignity (1). No one would be able to recognize the difference between people if they were all clones. Identifying individuals would be hard to do because they would be identical. Cloning humans will reduce the diversity of the human gene-pool. According to the President’s Council on Bioethics’ article “Cloning Humans is Unethical,” they talked about how one possible outcome of cloning will be a reduced diversity of the human gene-pool (1). If scientists continue to clone humans for a period of time, then there will be no diversity. There would
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