The Benefits of Human Cloning
In recent years, many new breakthroughs in the areas of science and technology have been discovered. A lot of these discoveries have been beneficial to scientific community and to the people of the world. One of the newest breakthroughs is the ability to clone. Ever since Ian Wilmut and his co-workers completed the successful cloning of an adult sheep named Dolly, there has been an ongoing debate on whether it is right or wrong to continue the research of cloning (Burley). Recently, in February 2001, CNN conducted a poll that stated, 90% of American adults think that cloning humans is a bad idea (Robinson). Even though the majority of Americans are opposed to human cloning, there are many benefits that will come from the research of it. Advancements in the medical field and in the fertility process will arise from human cloning. These advancements make cloning very beneficial to the human society.
One of the most beneficial aspects to cloning is the ability to duplicate organs. Many patients in hospitals are waiting for transplants and many of them are dying because they are not receiving a needed organ. To solve this problem, scientists have been using embryonic stem cells to produce organs or tissues to repair or replace damaged ones (Human Cloning). Skin for burn victims, brain cells for the brain damaged, hearts, lungs, livers, and kidneys can all be produced. By combining the technology of stem cell research and human cloning, it will be possible to produce the needed tissues and organs for patients in desperate need for a transplant (Human Cloning). The waiting list for transplants will become a lot shorter and a lot less people will have to suffer and die just because they are in great need of a transplant.
Along with the cloning of organs, there is another medicinal benefit from human cloning. Scientists have done research that may make it possible to cure diseases with cloning. Cancer patients will be able to have their cells switched on and off through cloning and this may lead to a better understanding this disease and maybe even a cure for cancer (Human Cloning). Scientists also believe that they may be able to treat heart attack victims by cloning their healthy hearts and injecting them into the areas of the heart that have been damaged. (Human Cloning). Dr. Richard Seed, one of the leading proponents of human cloning technology, also proposes that it may someday be possible to reverse the aging process because of what is learned from cloning (Human Cloning). If the research of human cloning is continued, scientists will be able to understand different diseases even more and they may even find the cures for these diseases
Not only does human cloning have medicinal benefits, it also can help infertile parents have children. In March 2001, a group of Italian scientists decided that they are going to go ahead with human cloning to...