PROS AND CONS OF CLONING

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Introduction The first successful cloning of a mammal, the sheep named Dolly, was arguably one of the most celebrated scientific achievements of the past decade. The cloning of Dolly brought to the forefront a longstanding debate about cloning human beings. The possibility of cloning a human being will have great significance especially in the healthcare industry since previously unachievable operations could now be feasible especially with the prospect of a new way of creating stem cells which possess the ability to treat heart diseases, cancer, and other daunting diseases. Despite this promising future that cloning purports to forecast for the human race, the research projects have been met with fierce opposition from lawmakers to clergy men. Most of the opposition is on ethical grounds and while McLaren retorts that there is nothing unethical about using technology to save lives, opposition groups are far from being appeased. Considering the fact that most of the controversy about cloning arises from misinformation or ignorance about the matter, this paper shall set out to conclusively research on cloning, its merits and demerits so as to attest if the explicit ban of human cloning is justifiable. What is cloning? Cloning is described as the creation of genetically identical organisms by use of asexual artificial means. Cohen relates that cloning was practiced since the 1960s on plants example carrots. Merits of Cloning Cloning, if wholly embraced proposes to bring radical changes in many spheres of life. Majority of the people have begun viewing cloning as one of the feasible ways of creating means of feeding a world whose population is constantly on the rise. Pinon hugely favors the cloning of animals for mass produ... ... middle of paper ... ...ism?, Journal of Healthcare Management, 2009 . 54(4), Cohen, D, Cloning. Boston: Twenty-First Century Books , 2002. George, K. Women as Collateral Damage: A critique of egg harvesting for cloning research, Women's Studies International Forum, 2008. Haran, J. (2007). Human Cloning in the media: from Science Fiction to Science ,Practice. NY: Routledge. Kunich, J. C, The Naked Clone: How Cloning Bans Threaten our Personal Rights , CA: Greenwood Publishing Group, 2003. Levine, D. A. (2009), Cloning; World Issues Today, The Rosen Publishing Group, 2009. McLaren, A, Cloning, Ethical Eye, Council of Europe, 2002. Pinon, R, Biology of Human Reproduction, University Science Books, 2002. The President’s Council on Bioethics, Arguments For ‘Reproductive Cloning, 2002, http://webharvest.gov/peth04/20041015181614/http://bioethics.gov/background/workpaper3a.html>.

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