Essay on Human Cloning

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HUMAN CLONING“And the lord god formed man from the dust of the ground and breathed in to his nostrils the breath of life; and ma became a living soul. The lord god then took one of his ribs and closed up his flesh instead thereof: and with the rib from which the lord god had taken from man he created woman." (Gen. 2:7)Is cloning necessary for advancements in improving the quality of life? People often question whether or not we as a scientific nation are trying to play the role of God by the diverse issue of human cloning. Early in 1997 Scottish scientist Ian Wilmut revealed to the world that he had successfully cloned an adult sheep, known to the world as Dolly. With the invention of cloning we realized as a world that cloning is no longer an element of a science fiction movie. Since then the cloning of human beings has been one of the most largely debated topics in the world. From the school children to the scientist discussions have begun regarding the ethical implications of cloning. According to Time magazine 74% of people believe that cloning was against gods' will, and when asked if they would clone themselves if presented with an opportunity, 91% responded with no. Opponents of human cloning often argue that it is immoral and unethical to clone human beings for both religious and humanitarian reasons. Moreover others describe human cloning as a luxury for the wealthy and as a tool for the Organ Market Development. I feel that cloning is immoral and a bad idea for the following reasons.First of all cloning may eliminate genetic variability. Producing many clones runs the risk of creating a population that is entirely the same. With the same genetics we would be susceptible to the same diseases. That means that one disease could cause the human race to go extinct. Lets look at more probable events that could occur from lack of genetic diversity. For example, if a large percent of the swine population are clones, a particular strain of swine fever could affect the entire population. The result could be food shortages on an epidemic level. How many people would have to suffer and die for the sake of technology? Second, cloning is currently an expensive process. It requires large amounts of money and biological expertise. It took Ian Wilmut and his associates 277 tries to successfully create Dolly. There has been another technology created that has higher yeilds, but even this technique only has a 2% to 3% success rate. How much money should be willing to spend on this project? Money that could otherwise be spent on things such as Social Securit, Medicare, defense, roads, education, or a million other better persuits. Finally cloneing is not an exact replica of another, it is simply a delayed identical twin. As with an identical twin the clone would have a different set of fingerprints. Scientists are concerned with the medical risks and uncertainty associated with the cloning of humans. Because