The Morality of Cloning Analytical Essay by Jay Writtings LLC

The Morality of Cloning
An in-depth analysis of the ethical dilemma of cloning humans and animals.
# 118420 | 3,117 words | 9 sources | MLA | 2010 | US
Published on Jan 29, 2010 in Biology (Genetics) , Biology (Bioethics) , Hot Topics (Cloning) , Ethics (General)

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The paper discusses the first successful cloning of Dolly the sheep and the resulting ethical, moral, religious, sociological and political controversies regarding animal and human cloning. The paper focuses on cloning animals and examines two viewpoints; Michael W. Fox's article, "Genetic Engineering is Dangerous" that is against the progression of scientific cloning, and Gunjan Sinha's article, "Genetic Engineering of Animals Benefits Human Health" that shows why cloning and genetic engineering can serve to benefit humans. The paper offers the personal opinion that under no circumstances should scientists cross into the realm of human cloning, but, animals have always been used for scientific experiments, and to curb this utilization of animal species at the issue of genetic engineering would seem hypocritical and foolish.

From the Paper:

"During the 19th century, Gregor Mendel (a man of the Cloth), began a series of scientific experiments on a garden of pea plants that set in motion the process which would later pen him as the "father of modern genetics". Mendel discovered that by selective breeding of the plants in a controlled environment, he could isolate the expression of several individual traits in different plants. Furthermore, he also discovered that these traits could be passed on from one generation of plants to the next, serving as the nascent beginning of modern genetic engineering (Bardoe 27)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Bardoe, Cheryl. Gregor Mendel: The Friar Who Grew Peas., HN Abrams, 2006.
  • Campbell, K.H.S., McWhir, J., Ritchie, W.A. and Wilmut, A.. "Sheep Cloned By Nuclear Transfer From a Cultured Cell Line". Nature 380: 64-66. 1996.
  • "Cloning Fact Sheet". Human Genome Project Cloning Website inc. HGP:2001-2003.
  • "First Cloned Sheep Dolly Dies At 6". CNN Publications: 2003.
  • Fox, Michael W. "Genetic Engineering Is Dangerous", Animal Experimentation. Greenhaven Press 2002.

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