Immorality of Human Cloning Essay

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While human cloning has been a matter of science fiction for centuries, the prospect that it could actually happen is a recent development. On February 23, 1997, the birth of the first cloned sheep, Dolly, was announced. Since then, it seems that science has progressed faster than moral understanding. Each breakthrough in genetics presents us with both a promise and a dilemma. The promise is that we may soon be able to treat and prevent diseases such as cancer and Parkinson’s. The dilemma is that we will have the power to manipulate our very nature-- to choose the sex and other genetic qualities of our next generation in attempts to make ourselves perfect. Despite the possible benefits, cloning will require unacceptable risks and does not …show more content…
Another beneficial idea was introduced not long ago, cloning can prevent genetically transmitted disease. Supporters say that by manipulating human embryonic stem cells there's hope for a cure for more than 1 million patients with diabetes. Margot Roosevelt, a stem cell researcher, says: “One day, scientists hope, the entire genetic makeup of a patient would be transferred into a cloned human egg that can produce the insulin-producing cells their body lacks” (Masci 2). Similar procedures might be used to treat cancer, heart disease, Parkinson's, and Alzheimer's. However, this speculation is not as safe and easy as it may seem. The reason, explains L.Lester, is that “clonal people would still be susceptible to mutations or mistakes in the replication of cells. They would also be affected by environmental influences that may bring out previously unknown genetic disease” (Leone 35). The repercussions, then, far outweigh the possible benefits of treating diseases. In addition, due to constant exposure to different chemicals, environmental factors and radiation, genes not only would change and mutate, but might lead to death as well. As explained in students Encyclopedia Britannica, “Genes can mutate or suddenly change. If a gene mutated early in the embryonic life of a clone, some mutations could considerably change the potential of the clone, perhaps even contribute to an untimely death”

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