Human Cloning Research Paper

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Human cloning is morally impermissible. Although, we have made numerous scientific advances with technology over time in regards to cloning mammals, still cloning humans is an unjust act. In some cases, cloning human beings is good for pure genetic purposes and possibly furthering humanity into new scientific spaces. Yet, cloning human beings will cause identity issues, social issues, and possibly financial issues for both the clone and the one being cloned. In this paper, I will first address the difference a clone and what cloning is. Second, I will give an overview of nuclear somatic transfer and it’s relation to cloning using animals as an example. Third, I will use the cloned sheep Dolly as the foundation of mammals that went …show more content…
Gregory Pence gives us an account of how broad the term cloning in his book “Who 's Afraid of Human Cloning?” Pence says that “cloning is an ambiguous term, even in science, and may refer to molecular cloning, cellular cloning, embryo twinning, and nuclear somatic transfer” (Pence). Those are many different examples in regards to this topic, but for argument sake we’re going to focus on the last of these; nuclear somatic transfer.
Before I discuss what nuclear somatic transfer is I should answer the questions: what is cloning, and what is a clone? Cloning, according to the members of the President’s Council on Bioethics is “a form of reproduction in which offspring result not from the chance union of egg and sperm (sexual reproduction) but from the deliberate replication of the genetic makeup of another single individual (asexual reproduction).” A clone is copied material, which has the same genetic makeup as the original (NHGRI). Therefore, cloning is the asexual reproduction of an organism that is the genetic duplicate of another
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Many ethical arguments against human cloning are based on general misunderstandings. Many individuals think that these clones would have the same features and behaviors as the person that is being cloned. Although the clone does have similar physical traits as the cloned individual, more than likely the personalities would be different. The clone would go through a slightly different upbringing than the cloned individual because living environments and interactions shapes an individual 's ongoing behavior and mindset through time; that can’t be

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