Essay about To Clone or not to Clone:

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Human cloning is an extremely experimental and volatile area of scientific research with dubious and highly unethical results to date. Human cloning should not be performed by any means because it is highly likely it will create living beings not as they are intended to be produced. Rather, the results will be living beings which were created in an unnatural, man-directed way created by human choice. By acting this way, cloning gives people the power to play God. Human cloning generally has three main categories: therapeutic cloning, reproductive cloning and replacement cloning ("Cloning Fact Sheet). The process is generally defined as the making of duplicates of biological material through genetic engineering or manipulation. The most…show more content…
Another danger associated with cloning is the serious side effects on the mother carrying the clone. When the embryo is inserted into the mother, the mother has a significantly increased risk of death due to clone related diseases (“Cloning Fact Sheet”). Yet another danger of human cloning is the breakdown of the human family and its structure. In the situation where a male makes a donation of genetic material to provide a cloned human, the donor would not be a “father” of the cloned person, rather they would be genetic twins. Though the donor could potentially be much older than the clone, they would not have the family relationship as one would normally have in regular, natural reproduction. A more in depth investigation into the main process of cloning through somatic cell nuclear transfer reveals other issues. With this method, one of the most significant issues of cloning is that as the somatic cells divide, the cells age extremely rapidly (Rau). The result is that when the cells actually come together to form a living being, the actual age of the cells are much older than they would be had they progressed naturally and without man’s interference (Hanna). This extreme rate of cell aging can lead to serious issues and uncertainties about the general wellbeing and actual scientific age of the clone when it is born. For example, the first thing to be cloned by a somatic cell nuclear transfer was Dolly the sheep in 1997 (Hanna). When
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