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“We all realized that it [was not] that simple…We all of us, to varying degrees, believed that when you saw the person you were copied from, [you would] get some insight into who you were deep down, and maybe too, [you would] see something of what your life held in store” (Ishiguro 2005). Kazuo Ishiguro writes this excerpt in his infamous novel Never Let Me Go, a novel that stirs a subtle discomfort in readers as it uncovers an inner curiosity in the outcomes of human reproductive cloning. In this short quote, Ishiguro reveals how the clones inherently have a desire to know their purpose in life, and seeks to find it in their original human copy. It is often thought that Ishiguro wrote this novel as a simple inquiry: do clones have souls and…show more content…
I will outline the concept of human reproductive cloning, what the issues are and evaluate it under the Utilitarianism, Deontology and Virtue Theory.
Background on Human Reproductive Cloning Human reproductive cloning is a type of cloning that involves somatic cell nuclear transfer and the embryo duplicates the genome of solely one parent, a type of asexual reproduction that is foreign to the human species. This form of reproduction differs from normal sexual reproduction where the baby duplicates genomes of both parents (Hayry 2003). Despite popular beliefs that view reproductive cloning as a carbon copy of human beings, in actuality it creates a genetically and physically identical twin of its progenitor but socially and psychologically it reproduces an unique human being (Morales 2009).
What are the issues? There are various ethical issues regarding human reproductive cloning such as possible physical harms to the clone, autonomy of the clone and the inherent immorality of “playing God”. However, in this paper, I will focus on the issue of plausible discrimination and social resentment against clones investigating how a knowledge of a clone’s ‘clonal status’ and a difference in reproductive origin is a foreground to develop issues of clonal
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