The Cost of Human Cloning: A Threat to Individuality and Diversity
Have we as a society come too far too fast? This is a very applicable question recently asked by senator Roger Bennett, from Michigan, before the Senate on the topic of human cloning. It is speculated that we as a human race have the technology to make a clone of any given human (Jackson 2). If this is done, at what cost is it done? If cloning is allowed it will come at the cost of misguided effort, the creation of a process known as gene selection, and loss of individuality and diversity.
What cost would there be to make a clone of a human being? One cost can be explored from a monetary standpoint. It is estimated by the Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs that it would cost roughly 250 million dollars to produce a human clone (Lackey 1). This would prove to be a truly monumental milestone in human evolution yet, at what cost? Every year in the continent of Africa alone 33 million people perish for sheer lack of food (Lackey 1). These people die because they cannot receive the basic staples of consumption to sustain life. Humans stand on the brink of new age of existence, yet we have left a great deal behind. Many lives could be saved if half of the effort of cloning a human was put forth in feeding the hungry, clothing the cold or educating the under privileged.
What would be the cost if cloning would be allowed in wide scale program? It is theorized that if cloning would be legalized that it would create the massive problem of gene selection (Jackson 4). Many parents in modern society would do anything and spend any amount of money to give their child an advantage in life. With the introduction of cloning it would be possible to genetically alter a child’s genes to create a more perfect child (Jackson 4). This raises entirely new moral question outside of cloning in general. Is it right to alter a child’s genes in an effort to make them “perfect.” It is also believed that genetic selection would create a new...