The Moral Aspect of Cloning
Cloning is not new; experiments with frogs and toads go back to the 1970’ with the experiments concerning animal and plant embryos have been preformed for
many years. But experiments relating to humans have never been tried or considered
possible, until “Dolly” (the first fully grown mammal to be cloned). A “human clone” is
an identical twin of another human being but only at a younger age. Scientist use cloning
techniques in their laboratory to make copies of cells or organisms with a valuable trait.
Their focus aims to find reasonable applications for cloning that will make advances in
medical breakthroughs, and biological research. For the past few years the topic of
cloning has been a very intense argument; human cloning is either “playing God” or (a
scientific process). Even though there is a large amount noted on the ill
outcome of human cloning, it could also be very valuable in our society.
Wouldn’t it be weird if a child were to grow up knowing that her mother is her sister, her grandmother is her mother, and her father was her brother-in-law? This can cause several emotional risks although this type of genetic selection may cause many sever risks. Every time her mother is to look at her, what she sees is herself growing up. There is a lot of emotional pressure on a teenager who is trying to establish his/her identity. What if everyone was to clone? What would happen to our individuality?. Cloning limits your genetic base because there are not enough individuals that would be the base of inherited material for the population. It would also stop the genetic progress since there is no combining of the genetic material and thus no opportunity to produce an animal that is superior to the parent. What if the child knows that he/she is the clone and now the identical twin of a dead sister/brother? What kind of pressure do you think that would put on the child, knowing they were made as a direct replacement for another? This child will not be the same in all ways as the other was, regardless of what the parents were hoping. One important concern is because this child will be brought up in an unusual household where unhappiness has been diverted into making a clone of the dead brother/sister instead of just adjusting to their loss. Now this child will be going through great pressures on his/her emotional development.
Although cloning has been flaunted as a victory, the cloning method is not yet perfect. It took 277 attempts before Dolly was created as a healthy lamb. Human
cloning has high potentials for errors (Human Cloning the Process, 2005). Making it far more complicated to clone a human. As a result, scientists fear that applying this method to humans may lead to malformations or diseases in the human. People feel they cannot trust the scientist. Physicians that are from the “American Medical Association” and scientist with the “American Association for the Advancement of Science”...