Ethical Issues Related to the Cloning Debate

1389 Words Jan 9th, 2018 6 Pages
Do human beings have the right to tamper with nature in this way? This essay explores the various ethical issues related to the cloning debate, and seeks answers to this deep philosophical question at the heart of bioethics. As a student of genetic biology and future biologist, this question also has personal relevance. Our science is evolving at a rapid pace. As human cloning becomes increasingly possible, it is important that we analyze the ethics of cloning so that judicious public policy can be created. It is therefore my position that research into cloning should continue to fulfill the fundamental goals of scientific exploration and to explore the possibilities that cloning might have in terms of benefitting human society; on the other hand, there are certainly ethical limits to the practice of cloning. It is important to define those ethical limits, so that scientists understand the best ways to proceed.
Cloning is already happening in laboratories around the world, and especially in countries with few restrictions on scientific research. As Tierney points out, Singapore and South Korea are spearheading cloning research as if scientists in those countries are keen to make major medical breakthroughs. This is partly because of the lack of formal taboos against cloning, which are embedded in European cultures and also in North America. It therefore makes sense that the outcry…
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