Disadvantages of Human Cloning Argumentative Essay by Nicky

An argument against the cloning of humans (and not animals).
# 146374 | 1,232 words | 3 sources | MLA | 2010 | US
Published on Dec 26, 2010 in Hot Topics (Cloning) , Ethics (General)

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The paper considers the controversies surrounding the cloning of animals and then turns to the more controversial cloning of humans. The paper discusses the various ethical concerns that include the possible reduction in biodiversity, the discarding of a high rate of imperfect embryos, the questionable treatment of cloned people and finally, the equality issues that may arise where wealthy elites have access to expensive cloning technologies and the poorer classes do not. The paper concludes that with so many unresolved scientific and ethical questions, scientists should not undertake the cloning of humans. The paper asserts, however, that cloning animals for research towards curing diseases should continue.

From the Paper:

"In theory, reproductive cloning of endangered animals could potentially increase the population of a species. However, to this day, scientists have cloned only two members of an endangered species The first effort was when scientists cloned the guar, an endangered wild ox, in 2001. However, the cloned guar died of an infection only 48 hours after its birth. The only other documented cloning of an endangered species occurred in 2001 in Italty, where a Mouflon sheep, born healthy, still lives in a wildlife center (Freudenrich 3). Cloning endangered species is beneficial, since, as the planet's human population grows, people destroy animals and their natural habitats. Therefore, cloning animals that are in danger of becoming extinct may help to preserve endangered species."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Auerbach, Larry. "Ethics of Creation." Time Online. 15 Feb. 1997.
  • "Cloning Fact Sheet." Genome Programs of the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science. 16 Sept. 2008. Human Genome Project Information. 24 Sept. 2008. <http://www.ornl.gov/hgmis>.
  • Freudenrich, Craif. "How Cloning Works." 26 March 2001. HowStuffWorks.com. 29 Sept. 2008. <http://science.howstuffworks.com/cloning.htm>.

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