Cloning Can Be A Very Sensitive Subject. It Seems That It?S A Battle Betweenscience And Ethics.

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The goal of genetic engineering is that every child be born strong,healthy, and well suited to make its way to the world. If genetic engineeringwould be used in this way the world would probably be a place of less disease.Sure it may be unethical to do some tests on humans, but without them medicalprogress would come to a halt. Cloning might also directly offer a way ofcuring diseases or a technique that could extend means to acquiring new data forthe sciences of embryology and how organisms develop as a whole over time.Science has been trying for years to come up with cures for genetic diseases andso far haven?t really come up with anything that is truly helpful. On the otherhand, with the technology of genetic engineering scientists may finally be ableto start to understand the causes of diseases and to develop possible treatmentsand even prevention. For instance, the most studied disease is Cystic Fibrosis.Although, we have not found a cure yet, science !might be getting close to coming up with a way of preventing Cystic Fibrosis.Science has made some major discoveries in the past forty years. In the1960?s two French scientists by the names of Jacques Monod and Francois Jacobshowed that genes can be turned on and off by what are called regulator genes.If it were possible to manipulate the regulator genes, than it would be possibleto turn Cancer cells off and prevent it. It is expected that 185,000 peoplewill be diagnosed with a brain tumor alone in 2000. That?s just brain Cancer,imagine how many lives would be saved if all Cancer cells could be turned off.Cloning isn?t just an advantage to the medical field. It would provide alink for a replacement to artificial insemination. Couples, who are unable tohave children, or have genetic disorders, could use cloning to produce a child.Plus, women who are single could have a child using cloning instead ofartificial insemination.Natural cloning occurs too. All plants, some insects, algae, unicellularorganisms that conduct mitosis or binary fissions, and identical twins are allclones of each other. As long as genetic make-up is the same they are clones,and a splitting embryo that creates two identical embryos produces twins. Thedifference between twins and clones, however, is that twins are new in geneticvariation and unique from anything that came before them. Even if clones don?thave genetic variation they would closely resemble identical twins and more thanlikely would be accepted by the world as twins would. After all, there are someeight million identical twins alive today, so it is safe to say that about eightmillion ?human clones? are alive today. Plus, who is to differentiate between aclone and an identical twin? The world isn?t going to be able to distinguishbetween the two anyway.Cloning is going to continue to be the subject of books, televisionshows, and movies. It has already been featured numerous times on the DiscoveryChannel and TLC. Dolly, the cloned sheep, was featured on the news for...

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