The Pros And Cons Of Organ Cloning

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Every day 18-22 people die waiting for an organ, and “there are now more than 105,000 people on the waiting list for solid organ transplants (womenshealth)”. The organ crisis only continues to grow as the population increases. In fact, a new name is added to the waiting list about every 10 minutes (facts). The use of 3D organ cloning is an ethical alternate to full body cloning to aid in the organ shortage crisis in this country.
Cloning
Cloning involves taking DNA from a cell, and implanting it into another cell to be reproduced. This technique can be used to create a human embryo, and ultimately a human being, however it is highly debated and considered unethical. With the cloning of Dolly the sheep in 1996, the idea of cloning for spare
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Once a patient does receive a transplant, they face the risk of rejection. The human body recognizes a transplanted organ as foreign and will initiate an immune response against it. This can cause the organ, or patient, to die, and the patient to need another transplant. For this reason transplant patients will take a lifelong course of immune suppressive drugs. Taking these medications can cause an increased risk of infection. Also, the surgery lasts long hours, is extremely expensive and requires a lengthy hospital …show more content…
Saving countless lives, and resulting in fewer complications than traditional transplantation, 3D printing is not only good for humanity, but the economy as well. Thank of how much longer the workforce could remain intact because they “get better” faster without waiting for an organ, and they require fewer, if any postoperative medications. With the technology of 3D printing of organs making so much progress, it is reasonable to think that soon the organ crisis will be over. Soon patients who require transplant won’t have to worry about waiting for many months for an organ, and preparing their family just in case they don’t. Patients who are sick, can have organ transplants earlier because without a “wait list” the requirements may make it easier to qualify for surgery. Right now, this technology is only in its infancy and very expensive. Hopefully soon, it will be in the grasp for all who can benefit from

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