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Cloning The Challenge To Originality Essay

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Along with the many great discoveries being made in the field of genetics, many controversies are also accompanying these discoveries. One branch of genetic research that shrouded in mystery is the ever-growing field of genetic cloning; reproductive cloning being one that contains a great deal of interest. This field of research is highly controversial, as one would expect. One side of the argument is that this will allow for us to stop species from going extinct or bring back extinct species, while the other side argues that this could be a gate-way to human cloning.
The first successful animal cloning using the new technology of somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT) resulted in the creation of a sheep named Dolly. Dolly was created from the DNA of a six year old female sheep. (Human Cloning). After as many as 276 failed trials, Dolly was finally created. However, Dolly did not live to undergo natural aging. She came down with diseases that would only be found in older sheep and eventually died at the age of six. (Animal Cloning). There was another instance when a death more tragic than Dolly’s occurred. In 2003, scientists successfully cloned a bucardo, which is an extinct species of mountain goat. Scientists succeeded after many trials but when the baby bucardo was finally born, it died a miserable death. It had a massive lump in its lungs and died just 10 minutes after coming into this world. (Mark 2013). After reading of such unfortunate events, the decision of whether or not cloning should be allowed becomes very clear. The decision I have reached is a no, that cloning should never be allowed. It is already terrible enough that animals have to go through such pains, but if the same cruel fate were to befall a human being, it would be unforgivable. We as humans should never have the right to create another human being. There are already enough children who are neglected after birth, so there is no need to create other ways to bring humans into existence. For now, there may not be any technology for cloning humans, but by looking at human’s incredible ability to learn, that day might not be far. I, for one, never wish for that day to come.
Another reason I am against any type of cloning is because after a clone is made, I am not sure as to what its identity would be. Since the clone would be genetically identical to someone else, would the clone ever be able to find its own place in the world? Twins who are born genetically identical are...

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