The Sins of Cloning

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The Sins of Cloning

"See you in two years with your cloned child," says the doctor to his patient. Such a statement sounds so bizarre and futuristic, but scientists believe cloning "is no longer the realm of science fiction" (Virginia, Sirs). Its "just a matter of time before the first cloned [humans]" (Virginia, Sirs). Although this practice does not seem dangerous, cloning should be banned because it takes away the individual importance of human beings, is too risky, and also morally wrong.

The process of cloning scientifically means to genetically copy an organism and create a 'replica' that has the same DNA, whose cells time have been turned back, yet the two are not exactly the same; not a 'xerox' (Virginia, Sirs). The process of cloning was first tried in 1938 by a German embryologist, Han Spemann, yet it failed. It was not until 1970 when cloning became possible. The first animals to be cloned were frogs. Over the few decades, cows, pigs, a sheep (only Dolly), and monkeys have successfully been cloned. The major reason why humans and other animals have not been cloned yet, aside from the acceptance of society, is because every organism's egg is different: its size, shape, and the stages of its 'life'. This has been proved over and over and therefore, there is no certain procedure or 'ingredients' for a clone (Virginia, Sirs).

Admittedly, "to say that human cloning is forbidden won't stop the science [for some]" (Virginia, Sirs). If cloning is successful, it will help homosexuals and infertile couples for biological offspring. This will help lesbians, or women in particular, more than men since only females are capable of birth. In order for men to have a clone, he must buy an egg and 'buy/re...

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...just not meant to play as God, for it is too much of a responsibility. We are sinful people, and the ability of cloning places too much power in our sinful hands, so therefore it is not meant to be for us; Only for God.

Works Cited

Gribbin, August. "Human Cloning Draws Nearer as Ethics Seek to Draw Rules." Washington Times, 9 November 1998. Newsbank: Cloning February 10 (1999).

Hurbert, Wray. "The World after Cloning." New and World Report, 10 March 1997. Newsbank: Cloning February 10 (1999).

"Is Cloning Mastermind playing God?" The Atlanta Journal Constitution, 11 January 1998. Newsbank: Cloning February 26 (1999).

Morell, Virginia. "A Clone if one's own." Discover, May 1998. Sirs: Cloning February 12 (1999).

Robertson, John A. "The Question of Human Cloning." Discover, March/April 1994. Newsbank: Cloning February 10 (1999).

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