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On The Facts Of Human Cloning

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“Your lives are set out for you. You’ll become adults, then before you’re old, before you’re even middle-aged, you’ll start to donate your vital organs. That’s what each of you was created to do. You’re not like the actors you watch on your videos, you’re not even like me. You were brought into this world for a purpose, and your futures, all of them, have been decided.” ― Kazuo Ishiguro, Never Let Me Go. Human Cloning is on the verge becoming possible, we have already cloned animals, human are inevitably next. Cloning is captivating the world, many science fiction books and films have been made on the topic; because of this, research on cloning is advancing rapidly. This research has ...view middle of the document...

Dr. Trounson, who I later elaborate on, predicts that it would cost one million US Dollars to be able to create a human clone, this would include equipment, labor and the cost of the human eggs it would take (Source 9).
Human cloning will affect the psychological states and the relationships of both the clones and the humans they interact with. What would the psychological effect on clones when growing up when they are exactly the same someone else? This could cause an echo effect where the clone feels as if they have to achieve the same as their original. Thought the echo effect may make the clone more likely to become like their original it shouldn’t be forgotten that the clone is a not its original, they are different people; just because a clone shares the same genes as that of its original human doesn't make them “indistinguishable” from each other. Nurture is just as important in growth as nature. This idea is called “delayed twinning” (Source 4 page 2), because like fraternal twins the clone and the original share the same genetic make up yet aren't the same people. When considering the question of what effect human cloning will have on relationships, the questions that come to mind are that of family dynamics. For example as “Arguments For and Against Human Cloning” queries “what would be the consequences of say the father-daughter relationship if the daughter and the wife were genetically identical?” (Source 4 Page 5). The cloned children, in such a family, would be considered by society to be different; they would grow up knowing they were different, but in no way they could tell. The mental strain that this could place on the child would be devastating. There is no way to truly understand what affect a cloned individual will have on relationships, weather family, work, love, and everyday relationships. The only way to truly know is to experience and watch these relationships unfold.
Human cloning is far from a simple and risk free task; for human cloning to ever take place many scientific experiment must take place were there are risks to humans and clone alike. As with other scientific achievements human cloning will take many trails and errors but the only difference is that in every error there will be a loss of an embryonic life. Data collect form SCNT on animal suggests that the amount of times the process needed to be done to have a single success will lead to lead to a loss of my human eggs (Source 5). At present when cloning a cow transplant the cloned embryo into the uterus of the cow only works 10% of the time, whereas transporting a nature embryo from one cow to another success about 60% of the time (Source 6). More than any of piece of evidence this research has revealed that current cloning methods are nowhere close to be as effective has the nature processes. Dr. Alan Tounson, whom I mentioned earlier is a member of the team Monash University in Melbourne, Australia that has used SCNT on animals, isn’t opposed to the...

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