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In the last post, we
discussed the background history of reproductive cloning, basic scientific
knowledge, cloning techniques, and the purpose of reproductive cloning. In this
post, I will focus on the pros and cons of human reproductive cloning, as well
as the ethical issues associated with it.
Pros of Human Reproductive Cloning
1.It can eliminate
believe that genetic illness can one day be a leading cause of death. When
humans are reproduced, it damages their DNA lines, which creates defective and
mutated genes. This problem could be resolved my cloning healthy human
2.The “Next Step”
in Reproductive technology
·Couples who are
infertile, would be giving the chance to produce clones of themselves. Couples
who have lost children, could be given a chance to replace their loved ones. While
also people who are considered to be a “genius” could be cloned, so they world
has more people who think the way they do.
be eliminated because scientists would be able to take cloned cells to create a
younger twin of a father or a mother. Infertile couple would not have to go
through the depression stage of not having children. They would be able to have
their own families without enduring painful procedures to treat infertility.
4.It can cure
·It can help cure
certain disorders by replacing damaged tissues and organs within the human
body. Scientist believe that human cloning can completely transform the way many disorders are being performed.
Cons of Reproductive Cloning
1.It can reduce
clones would have their own brand new set of life, researchers believe you
still loss a sense of having your own individual personality.
2.It can cause a
divide among people
reproductive cloning could potentially divide people, normal people from “perfect”
people. It could create a societal division where “perfect” clones can be
treated in a different way than those who are naturally born.
3.It has a lot of
·90% of human
cloning attempts have been labeled as a “failure” meaning the DNA is put at
risk during the attempt. Human DNA can be contaminated. The implications of
what happens with the Reproductive process when it goes wrong, is still
unclear. This is not good and could lead to problems that are not able to be
·Some people who
have religious beliefs are against the process of cloning humans. They believe
that it results in man becoming the creator instead of the higher power. Most
people who value their religious belief disagree with this technology.
·People also say
that a clone is not a “real person”, the clone is not “natural” and the clone
is “playing the God”
issue is health risks to the mother. Telemetric differences can occur, as well
as abnormal gene expression patterns. 98% of mammalian cloning has resulted in miscarriages,
stillbirths and deformities. Safety in reproductive cloning would also result
in unethical experimentation of women.
There are also several
other ethical issues associated with human reproductive cloning. Below is a debate
discussing human reproductive cloning.