The Pros And Cons Of Human Cloning

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In similar fashion, Caplan (2003) examines the arguments against human cloning. He refers to the safety of human cloning as he references the unsuccessful cloning of specific animals. Another aspect he references is the three reasons why human cloning would be problematic. All three issues carry a burden on the clones mental, emotional, and physical well being. The first issue he references is clones would look exactly like an individual who lived before them. Cloned humans would often face people constantly looking at them while enduring comments of their appearance. As a result, this would result in psychological and emotional challenges. The second issue is the fact that cloned humans face “strange emotional relationships” (p. 380) because although the clone looks exactly like a deceased husband, wife, or child, new relationship bonds may cause a feeling of betrayal to the deceased person. The third issue is the destiny of genes, because our genes control some diseases. As a result, clones would ultimately know whether or not a certain disease will kill them and this often causes a psychological strain, as clones will feel as if they are a ticking time bomb (p. 381). Although the author rejects the idea of cloning a human, he proposes that therapeutic cloning can be beneficial in creating cells and tissues that can ultimately save a humans life (p. 382).
In general, reproductive cloning poses too many risks to a human’s physical and psychological well being. Examining the health risks that Dolly the sheep endured, it is safe to say that cloned humans will endure serious complications throughout their life. The mutation of genes poses a greater threat because these mutations or abnormalities may be undetected until after the ch...

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