Human Cloning

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Imagine a future where humans are manufactured, a future where humans are created by science, a future where humans are the new lab specimen. Human cloning is like opening Pandora's Box, unleashing a torrent of potential evils but at the same time bringing a small seed of hope. No matter how many potential medical and scientific benefits could be made possible by human cloning, it is unethical to clone humans. Before the ethics of human cloning can be discussed, the mechanics of cloning must be understood first. Cloning is the process of making an exact genetic copy of an organism by a method called nuclear transplantation which is a process of removing a nucleus (the center of a cell which contains all of the biological information) from a cell and placing it into an already fertilized egg that had its nucleus removed (Dudley 6). That process creates an embryo which then can be “grown” in a lab or inside of a surrogate mother. However the process is not as easy as it sounds because the cells of an adult organism have mostly specialized to do a certain task. The cell specializes by turning “off” certain genes (sections of DNA that code for proteins) and when this specialized cell is transplanted into an egg, it is expected to turn into a whole new organism but with the same genetic makeup as the “donor” of the nucleus. That poses a problem because the specialized cell would not have all the necessary genes turned “on” for a new organism to create all the diverse organs and tissues that a new organism needs so there would be many failures before a functional and healthy clone is produced (Nusslein-Volhard). Even the first genetically cloned sheep named Dolly took 277 failures before it was actually created. If that was applied t... ... middle of paper ... ...ent options in healthcare. The medical and scientific benefits would be great but before science come humanity, and that humanity can be lost on the path of knowledge. Human Cloning isn’t a human miracle it is forever an ethical menace. Works Cited Dudley, William. The Ethics of Human Cloning. San Diego, CA: Greenhaven, 2001. Print. Nusslein-Volhard, Christiane. "Manipulating the human embryo." USA Today [Magazine] Jan. 2011: 30+. Student Edition. Web. 10 Feb. 2012. Shea, John. "What's wrong with human cloning." Catholic Insight Apr. 2001: 15. Student Edition. Web. 14 Feb. 2012. Smith, Simon. "The Benefits of Human Cloning." Human Cloning Foundation Home Page. Human Cloning Foundation. Web. 16 Feb. 2012. . Tierney, John. "Are Scientists Playing God? It Depends on Your Religion." New York Times 20 Nov. 2007. Print.

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