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To Be, Or Be Two Essay

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To Be, or Be Two

Imagine walking down the street, or seeing someone on the television and think they look just like you, or someone you know. As much as they may look like you, you pretty much know there is no relationship between you and the look-alike. However, in today's day and age, it is nearly possible that the look-alike is really a clone of you. Now of course, it is not this simple, but the point is, with science today, cells, and eventually people, are being cloned. These actions of cloning are for both human and therapeutic purposes. Cells are being cloned for the sake of fertility reasons, and to grow cells for new organs. Is this right? I personally disagree with the fact of cloning human embryos for the purpose of creating new people. I feel it is morally wrong, as well as a disadvantage for the clone of the person. Supporting my argument is research from Gary McCuens' Cloning: Science and Society, and an article from The Ithaca Journal, "Stem Cells Grow from Clones, Controversial Reports Show."

While reading Gary McCuens' Cloning: Science and Society, I came across points both for and against cloning human embryos. No matter how hard I tried to read his points with an open mind, I was not able to bring myself to terms with the reasons for cloning human embryos. A major reason some people feel it is acceptable to clone human embryos is for the benefits of infertile couples (13). These embryos would be transported through the process of in vitro fertilization, but they would not be like typical in vitro fertilization processes. Since many in vitro births do not succeed, researchers have found that it may be possible to clone the in vitro embryos and allow the couple to have more chances at a successful birth. "Research indicates that if more than one embryo is transferred to the uterus per treatment cycle, the chance that at least one will implant and lead to a live birth, increases...However, some patients...undergoing IVF, have a limited number of embryos for transfer and implantation...Researchers have suggested that those patients could benefit from having their embryos cloned" (13). What does all this suggest? The possible solution here is that couples decide to clone embryonic cells from the embryo in case it does not survive, in which case, the couple can try again. To me, this sounds a bit like a safety net. It almost predicts an expectation of failure in the survival of the fetus. When I read this, all I could think was the parents having an attitude kind of like, "Well, this one didn't make it, but have no fear, we have back up cells to create this again." I know it seems harsh to say, but that is the impression I got as a reader. Why can't the parents try again, without the same cells from that embryo? Let that fetus grow up to be its own person, not someone who was supposed to be born but wasn't. It is almost like the parents want this baby to be the same one they did not have. ...

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