The Morality of Cloning


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The Morality of Cloning

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The Morality of Cloning

          The power to create life comes with a heavy burden of responsibility. Cloning is a process where scientists make a direct copy of an organism using sample genes. Advocates of cloning contend that it can bring about significant advancements in medicine and help infertile couples. Opponents of cloning argue that it amounts to playing God, to abusing the power of science. Critics maintain that cloning could lead to the devaluing of human life. Both sides of the argument make compelling points that must be carefully considered by policymakers. This paper argues that cloning has the potential to cure life-threatening diseases and to help those struggling with infertility but must be used responsibly to prevent abuse and the devaluation of human life. 

          Cloning is the “creation of a genetic copy of a sequence of DNA or the entire genome of an organism” (Devolder, 2017).  Cloning gives scientists the power to replicate an organism using a small amount of genetic material. Advocates of cloning contend that cloning human embryos provides a valuable source of stem cells, which can cure debilitating diseases (Singh, 2004). Advocates of cloning maintain that it can help make strides in combatting neurological illnesses. Cures from cloning can improve millions of lives suffering from neurological diseases such as Parkinson’s or Multiple Sclerosis. Cloning technology could also be used to allow infertile couples the chance to have children. 

          Critics of cloning argue that it can be abused. The ability to clone human beings can devalue human life, according to anti-cloning advocates. Opponents of cloning point to the example of the Second World War, where Nazi scientists used science to justify the mistreatment and extermination of the Jews. They also contend that cloning is an act that defies the laws of nature. 

 


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          The potential benefits of cloning to medical science are too significant to prohibit the practice entirely. The potential to help millions of individuals unable to live life to the fullest because of neurological illnesses make it essential to allow some form of cloning to go forward. That being said, opponents of cloning have a point when they argue that the technology can be abused.  Instead of a complete ban, cloning should be regulated and supervised by medical authorities to prevent human life devaluation.   

          Cloning has the potential to improve the lives of millions of individuals suffering from neurological diseases and infertility.  It would be irresponsible to ban this breakthrough technology outright. There should be strict oversight by regulatory authorities and bioethicists to prevent unethical experimentation or the devaluation of human life.  A balance must be struck between science and human dignity. 

 


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References

Devolder, K. (2017). Cloning. The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/cloning/

Singh, D. (2004). Human cloning is justified in preventing genetic disease. British Medical Journal.

 

                                                                                                                         

The Morality of Cloning

Discipline: Ethics

Academic Level: College

Paper Format: APA

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Pages: 2

Paper Instructions

Write a short essay on cloning morality, and its pros and cons. The essay should not exceed 500 words. Only two sources are allowed.

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