human cloning Essay

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What is the purpose of trying to clone humans? Well, no one really knows. But it is against many people’s religious and ethical views. I am against human cloning. While people are in constant pursuit of ways to improve and advance the quality of human life, some activities in the field of genetics face analysis from many support groups because they are seen as violating fundamental and ethical principles. Human cloning is one area of genetic engineering that has started intense debates. Below are some ethical arguments against human cloning. Many people have many different definitions of human cloning. But what really is human cloning? “Somatic cell nuclear transfer refers to the process in which the nucleus of a somatic cell of an existing (or previously existing) organism is transferred into an oocyte from which the nucleus has been removed. “Human Cloning” will be used to refer to the application of somatic nuclear transfer technology to the creation of a human being that shares all of its nuclear genes with the person donating the implanted nucleus.”(American Medical Association). Somatic cells are body cells and they do not include gametocytes which are egg and sperm cells. (Somatic Cells). Nuclear genes are the genes that are inside of your nucleus. Everyone has different genes, even twins. Twins share many similarities and even many of the same genes but they are not exactly the same. Twins are one type of human cloning, but it is done naturally and not by scientists. Cloning has been talked about by many people around the world but it has not been seen on news stations and other news related pages. In the year 1997, news of cloning boomed because of the spectacular achievement by the scientists at the Roslin Institute in Midlothian, Scotland. On February 22nd, 1997, Dolly the sheep was born, or should I say, cloned. Dolly was the first mammal to eve be cloned and her original code name was “6LL3”.(ScienceDaily). This may have been a great start, but if cloning were to get out of hand, where would we be? Cloning defiantly has its rights and wrongs, but should cloning even be legal? Bill Clinton once said “Science often moves faster than our ability to understand its implications”.(Yount p.108). Clinton was right with this and if we move to fast into cloning and don’t look ahead at the problems it may cause then no one will know what may happen. Many people believe cloning is a good advance in science but sometimes they don’t know the consequences of their actions. Cloning is "playing God" in the sense that scientists have devised a way to imitate what God has done to create or reproduce human life. By mocking what God did means that man starts with life and then attempts to replicate it because human beings don’t start with "nothing," as God did. Cloning does go against many religious beliefs and would violate human dignity. “It would also jeopardize the personal and unique identity of the clone as well as the persons whose genome was duplicated.(Dudley, pg. 57). there are religious arguments against it. It would involve creating another human and then eventually killing it in order to use its organs, which it could be argued is murder. This is obviously a sin according to religious texts.
Cloning humans make them deformed like some animals. Many cloned animals also suffer from large baby syndrome. This is a condition when the fetus grows double its normal size. This syndrome sometimes results