Cloning: Has Science Created A Frankenstein?
In Shelley's " Frankenstein" the scientist Victor Frankenstein is out to create life by putting human parts along with electricity. His quest is to be able to create life in a way which has never been done or thought of before. Victor Frankenstein may have been motivated by the death of his family, hoping to find a reverse to death in an attempt to cheat death. He may have also been motivated by the power of creating life. Regardless of his motivation his desire to create life became so overwhelming that he eventually had no interest in anything but his work.
This desire for scientific advancement which Shelley writes about must be similar to what motivates scientists even today. In the last century scientist have been attempting to find ways to create life by artificial means. Scientists have made in-vitro fertilization possible, allowing thousands of infertile couples to have biological children. When in-vitro fertilization was introduced it was seen as completely unnatural and going against all religions. I am sure there are still people who view in-virto fertilization as wrong, but the vast majority of the world can see it for its benefits at this point. Although it must be said that it did take a while for people on a whole to accept this method of conceiving a child.
Today, we as a society world wide have a new issue to deal with. Science has discovered the means in which to clone animals, opening a whole new discussion. Many people are inclined to say why would science even wish to peruse this method of research. Lewis Thomas says in his essay "The Hazards of Science"
It would seem to me a more unnatural thing and more of an
offense against nature for us to come on the same scene endowed
as we are with curiosity filled to over brimming as we are with
questions and naturally talented as we are for the
asking of clear questions and then for us to do nothing about
it or worse to try and suppress questions. (241)
Scientists are always going to be looking for future advancements on what is known, in a quest to create or discover cures and solutions to existing problems in society.
It is not possible for us to undo what has been discovered, we must simply accept it and try to use it to its potential, while being responsible. Cloning of a sheep has already taken place, we are not able to undo this, therefore, we must decide what to do with this information. The decision of how far we should take cloning must be made. When have we gone to far, and for what purposes should we use this new technology. Cloning, may turn out to be the best thing that has ever been discovered, or it may be that it is the downfall to the way of life we know. It is important that we realize this information is here to stay and not waste time arguing whether it is right or wrong, since that is a useless argument. Time will be much better...