The Pros And Cons Of Cloning

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Cloning & Ethics, Do They Mesh? Imagine this: There is more than one of a particular person. No, it is not a twin, it is actually their clone. Cloning is a topic that arouses the interest of many people in the world today. But when it comes to actually cloning/engineering a human, they are in objection. Before we explain why so many people have mixed views regarding human cloning, let us formulate a definition on what exactly cloning is. One dictionary (Google) describes the phrase “to clone” as to “make an identical copy of.” This definition makes sense to the general public, but for those who want a more scientific definition of cloning, it can be explained as when someone “replicate[s] (a fragment of DNA placed in an organism) so that there…show more content…
Just think, if someone wanted a healthy baby boy with blue eyes and blond hair, that would not have been possible in the past. On the contrary, in the present day, the possibilities are endless. Cloning offers the rich the chance to have their ideal baby. But how risky is it to actually do that? One article asks its readers, “How easy would it be to edit a human embryo using CRISPR? Very easy, experts say” (Regalado 28). Yes, the actual process is very simple/easy to those conducting the experiment. But easy does not always mean safe. This process is also extremely costly. In regards to this one article states, “An in vitro fertility procedure costs about $20,000 in the United States. Add genetic testing and egg donation or a surrogate mother, and the price soars toward $100,000” (31). So unless everyone has an extra $100,000 sitting around, cloning would only be for the rich anyways. So now it is clear that cloning only affects the very richest of people right? Well, not exactly. It could affect anyone on a personal level. For example, with all these “perfect clones” roaming about the earth, it can only mean bad and would be something to fear. In the article “Engineering the Perfect Baby” this very thought is expressed. It states, “ The fear? A dystopia of superpeople and designer babies for those who can afford it” (31). But who are these “superpeople”? It would be those genetically modified embryos, better…show more content…
Cloning does not allow for individuality and uniqueness. It takes one’s entire identity and gives it to another, every part of it, nothing even a slight bit different. If there were clones of multiple people, the world would slowly take a turn for the worse. The dignity of the people would be lost. As one article puts it, “The Human Genome and Human Rights declares that: ‘Practices which are contrary to human dignity such as reproductive cloning of human beings shall not be permitted’” (162). Humans greatly value freedom and dignity. Every student reaches for the best grades, the highest honors, and the greatest awards. Anyone and everyone has some sort of standards that they have set for themselves and all demand a measure of respect. This is because the human race is dignified. Creating human clones would make a mockery of the human race as a whole. One statement that puts this into perspective is this: “Human cloning is a scientific revolution. However, it also introduces the potential for physical and psychosocial harm to human beings” (Dinç 238). Yes, physical harm is a given, there’s no telling what mutations might happen when a clone is created. On the other hand, the psychological part of this is not so obvious. The psychological piece of this is apparent in the clones. Why? Human cloning is said to be unnatural. “While asexual reproduction does occur in nature, it is

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