Positives And Cons Of Human Cloning

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Cloning is a process by which identical cells are produced from preexisting cells. The two current types of human cloning come in the form of human reproductive cloning and human therapeutic cloning. As with any new technology, both present unique benefits and potential detriments. On July 5th, 1996, Dolly, the first ever cloned sheep, was born through a reproductive cloning method known as somatic cell nuclear transfer or SCNT (Vos). SCNT involves taking an ovum that has had its nucleus removed, injecting a nucleus from a donor, and then developing the cell into a full, genetically identical organism to the donor through a surrogate (Stocum). Therapeutic cloning, on the other hand, involves developing an embryo outside of the womb, or In Vitro, …show more content…
This argument may be the most unrealistic at the current time. If clones were made today, they would be born as babies, and we have no reason to believe that they would age any faster than normal human beings. The impact of environment on the upbringing of these children would make them entirely different from the donor. Human beings, even cloned ones, are not robots. There is absolutely no guarantee because of the differences between the clone and the donor that one who attempts to clone his or herself will have any sort of control over the clones. In the same vein, another point brought up against human reproductive cloning is that a clone may feel like he or she is resigned to a certain path in life just because the person they were cloned from took that same path, like a neurosurgeon’s clone believing they need to be a neurosurgeon (Sanchez-Sweatman). Again, the environment impacts the way a child is raised in many different ways. A clone would not, under any circumstances, be totally identical to the donor in the way they act, think, or feel, despite their identical genes. However, this poses the question as to why so many people believe that psychological harm would befall a cloned child. To reiterate: the clone would be an entirely different person from the donor, and the fear of psychological harm

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