The Importance Of Reproductive Cloning

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Stem cell research is a global topic within the science community. There have been numerous discoveries in this field worldwide, and these findings have many scientists jubilant about the possible future implications. Most of the research is associated with the topic of cloning. In the scientific community, the term cloning is broken down into two categories: Therapeutic and Reproductive. In Therapeutic Cloning, the nucleus of an unfertilized egg is removed and replaced via injection with the nucleus of a somatic cell, or any body cell. This technique is called Somatic Cell Nuclear Transfer, or SCNT. Then, scientists use electricity or a source of stimuli to help the newly formed embryonic cell start its dividing process. After allowing the …show more content…
For one, I’m not sure if we’re in a world today where I fully trust the moral compass of those in charge, who would be the ones with access to this technology. For every advancement made in the scientific field is usually accompanied by people with ill-intentions who will try to find a way to militarize it. Then, when you take into account the rhetoric of the super-soldier, which was a motto used by Hitler and one which appears in many cinematic films, reproductive cloning could be a gateway into making that a reality. Also, I question how a clone would exist in today’s society. Although a clone would not be produced by the “natural reproductive process”, it would still be a human being. Yet, often their use is described as if they would be solely purposed as this science experiment, as if they would be devoid of feelings and freedom of choice, which is a fundamental human right. Thus, referring to them as second-class humans, or less than that, is morally wrong in my opinion, yet unavoidable given the technology. However, given that premise, I still do think there is a space for reproductive cloning. As a person who plans on having children in the future, I could not imagine what it would be like if I was told that this was not possible. Unfortunately, this is the reality for many people on this earth. Now adoption does give some satisfaction to numerous individuals and couples; however, there are still many who still have hope for biological offspring. Many long for a child that shares their actual DNA, and not for one who is biologically separate from the family. Also, some couples are told that it is ill-advised for them to procreate with one another due to the chance of a genetic disorder. Cloning would allow for more responsible parents to produce healthy children with

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