The Benefits of Cloning

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The Advantages of Cloning The first successfully cloned mammal was created on February of 1997. It was a breakthrough in scientific research when the Scottish scientists cloned a sheep by the name of Dolly. The method of cloning requires the extraction of DNA from anywhere on a subject's body and inserting that DNA into a woman's egg. Worldwide attention was turned to the prospect of human cloning and with a push for sweeping prohibition (Tribe 459) legislatures around the world banned any research related to cloning because of its nature. To get rid of cloning research would be very harmful and detrimental to society. If cloning humans is allowed then it will benefit us all because of the medical advances and understands that can be obtained from cloning technology which will help everyone improve and prolong their lives. Cloning is beneficial because the technology will give us a better understanding of the way our bodies work. It will end many diseases and prevent new unforeseen ones. Also, couples unable to bear children will be able to via cloning. Organs can be cloned reducing the long waiting lists that many people in need of organs suffer. To get rid of cloning research would be very harmful and detrimental to us all. One of the main arguments concerns the immorality of cloning. Many state that cloning debases the essence of humanity. The cloning of oneself will in no way reduce the value of what it is to be human. Cloning is just another way of reproducing. Alt5ernative methods of fertilization and surrogate motherhood have gained moral status so why not cloning? There were cries of immorality when birth control pills and heat transplant surgery were introduced. These innovations have... ... middle of paper ... ...nefit by getting those organs at a fraction of the time it would usually take. To ban cloning is to cheat the world out of a very valuable service. Bibliography: Tribes, Laurence. "Second Thoughts on Cloning." The New York Times (December 5, 1997). Rpt. in Current Issues & Enduring Questions A Guide to Critical Thinking and Argument, with Readings. Ed. Sylvan Barnet and Hugo Bedau. 5th Edition. Boston: Bedfort/St. Martin's. 1999. 459-461. Wilson, James Q. "The Paradox of Cloning." The Weekly Standard (May 26, 1997). Rpt. in Current Issues & Enduring Questions A Guide to Critical Thinking and Argument, with Readings. Ed. Sylvan Barnet and Hugo Bedau. 5th Edition. Boston: Bedfort/St. Martin's. 1999. 462-468.

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