Should The Government Allow Human Cloning? Essay

1358 Words Mar 26th, 2016 6 Pages
In February of 1997, one of the largest ethical controversies was born with the birth of a lamb. After embryologist Ian Wilmut and his fellow researchers successfully cloned a sheep named Dolly, the possibility of cloning human life arose. Several states have already banned human cloning, but in general it is legal throughout the United States. Should the government allow human cloning? Or should it be done in general? Although the process has several benefits, it is seen as unethical and should be avoided. Cloning is defined as, “the process of producing an organism that is genetically identical to the unit from which it was derived (Dictionary)”. In order to clone an organism, DNA is extracted from a somatic cell and placed in an oocyte that has had its nucleus removed. The egg is than stimulated electrically or chemically to begin dividing to develop into an embryo. This developing egg can then be implanted into a surrogate mother in the same way one would use for artificial insemination. Although the idea may seem absurd, there are several benefits to producing human clones: including the additional research of cell differentiation and how to replace damaged cells with new ones, the ability to provide a genetically identical individual that can serve as organ donors, and capability of sterile couples to have children that will carry one of the parents genetic lines. The research that would accompany the cloning process would progress our knowledge how to produce…

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