Cloning Essay, Research Paper
Cloning is the process of creating a genetic duplicate of an individual. Since the February
1997 announcement of the birth of Dolly, a sheep cloned by Ian Wilmut, cloning research
has increased greatly. Cloning humans now has become a much greater possibility in
society than it was years ago. Scientist are on the edge of a huge breakthrough with
human cloning, and society will ask it’s self if this should be allowed or not. Many
arguments can be made for and against human cloning.
Proponents of human cloning may argue that it is just a logical and inevitable
advance in science technology. It is, however , risky for human subjects. At the present
time, most of the general public is against cloning. Within a few years time, the medical
possibilities of human cloning may be attractive enough to change the publics opinion.
Reasearchers on human cloning would involve huge risks for the initial clones, because
any experiments in human cloning would eventually have to be tested on humans.
Human cloning is unethical because of the risks that this practice involves greatly
outweigh the bebefits. The technique that produced Dolly the sheep was successful in only
1 of 277 attempts. If this was attempted in humans, it would risk miscarriages in the
mother and severe developmental problems in the child. The actual risks of physical harm
to the cloned child cannot be certain without conducting experiments on human beings.
This itself is unethical because no one knows what will happen and the child is in danger
because noone knows what is going to happen, the child could be born disabled and/or
have developmental diffuculties.
As of now human cloning doesn’t seem like a great possibility because of the risk
involved and how the general public would react. Some time in the future, maybe the
advances in medical technology will allow cloning with no possible risk.