Arguments About Cloning. How It Is Debated In Our Society And What Is Cloning?

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Cloning is a subject that has been argued for years and even more since the cloning of a sheep. In 1997 when Dr. Ian Wilmot cloned the first adult sheep, people started to realize that cloning was no longer just something that might happen in the future but something that was very real and something that was happening right now in the present. I believe that this is going to be the new big debate in the world. I think that the old debate was on abortion and whether or not we, as a society, should support pro-choice or pro-life. Now we have moved past abortion and now we are moving into cloning. There have already been human embryos cloned in China, which has been very successful. So the ability to clone is possible. The question about cloning we have as a country is simple; as a society are we going to support cloning or are we going to deny the ability to do something that has never been done before? By understanding how the cloning process works and what advantages and disadvantages cloning has to offer; I believe that there will be many more supporters of this new science.According to the most recent poll done by TIME/CNN on February 7-8 2001, 88 percent of people answered that scientist should not be allowed to clone humans (Time). The main reason for this is not because people don't agree with the ideas of cloning but because many people are uneducated on the cloning process. Many people feel that cloning is something out of a movie and that really is not the case. The definition of cloning by the American Heritage Dictionary defines it as a group of genetically identical cells descended from a single common ancestor (Morris). Where most people get confused is on the actually cloning process. Many people believe that they can make copies of another person right away. The truth is that the process is kind of like identical twins but slightly different. With identical twins they are born at the same time. In a clone the genes of a person are used but the child is born just like a regular baby. The cloned baby only differs from other babies because they share the same DNA with another person, just like identical twins. The only difference is that the clone is much younger than its twin. The child will grow up to be no more like their twin than natural identical twins (Human Cloning Foundation). So the clone would be a normal human and not some monster or something. It is no different than regular twins with respect that they are just not born at the same time.One of the most beneficial and probably one of the most important arguments for cloning is the ability to help couples that are unable to have kids of their own. This can help couples that are not only infertile but gay couples as well. Cloning enables these couples to have another option to having children than just adopting. The thing with cloning is that it allows the couples to have a child that would have similar genes that they could pass down to their children. In my opinion and I...

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