English 1 Honors
5 March 2015
Have you ever thought about how great it would be to have a clone of yourself? Or even a clone of a beloved animal? With the advances in technology this could be biologically possible.
Great right? Well, unfortunately lots of things can go wrong in the process of cloning. Cloning is unethical because the high risks of defects and complications and the overall abnormality of the idea. To start with, cloning is highly experimental and even as there have been successes most don't live the same as they normally would if they weren't clone. In the article “Animal Clones:
Double Trouble?” Emily Sohn explains, “Many cloned animals die at an age earlier than normal.
Dolly the sheep, the first cloned mammal died after only 6 years from a lung disease rare for sheep her age. Most sheep live twice that long.” (Sohn). This goes to show that even if the cloning process is successful, the actual life of the clone doesn't match up. This is just one example of the many things that can occur, other things that can go wrong are stated, “For reasons scientists don't yet understand, cloned baby animals often resemble animals born prematurely. Their lungs aren't fully developed, or their hearts don't work quite right, or their livers are full of fat, among other problems.” (Sohn). Although scientists could be able to iron out the kinks, they sure have a long way to go.
Undoubtedly, scientists are great at innovation and new ideas, although getting everyone on board with cloning may be difficult. In an article “Human Cloning Likely Possible Though
Unethical, Experts Say” Dr. Robert Lanza, chief scientific officer at biotech company Advanced
Cell Technology and who has worked with cloned animals stated, “It's like sending your baby up in a rocket knowing there's a 5050 chance it's going to blow up. It's grossly unethical,” (Rettner
6). There are individuals who think this