Friday, March 28, 2008

Cloning Technology Opinion Paper

Cloning Technology Opinion Paper

Why shouldn’t humans attempt to clone living organisms including humans? Why do people think it is wrong? Nevertheless, natural cloning occurs everywhere. All plants, some insects, algae, unicellular organisms that conduct mitosis or binary fissions, and identical twins are all clones of each other. As long as genetic make-up is the same they are considered clones. Cloning would bring endless potentially important benefits to everyday life and more importantly, the future.

By being able to clone living organism, we can help endangered species such as tigers and many other nearly extinct animals from being wiped from the face of earth. The idea does not stop there. In the future meat supplies and food sources will become scarce because of the population expanding and insufficiency of land to farm or breed. Therefore, with the technology of cloning, humans can clone essential and necessary animals such as cows and sheep and agricultural animals to provide us with food instead of wasting a lot longer in time and breeding them. If we start researching cloning technology now, in the near future we will be able to make safe and healthy clones faster and more economical. However if ethical reasons and religious beliefs continue to slow down and stop scientific development like every time in history, (such as development of Cell Theory, numerous physic laws, chemistry developments, and astronomical discoveries) cloning technology will be critically slowed down and stopped resulting in just more than lose of lives.

Aside from use of cloning technology to survive, we get to the idea of using cloning technology to save lives. A simple idea which can be wildly in use in the future would be producing clones to be used for a person whose life is at risk due to a disease such as cancer or a defective organ. Using organ transfer, we can transfer the healthy and operating organ of a clone to a person at risk. We can use clones to donate rare blood types. In the long term this can bring cancer and many other diseases that are deadly to an end. Many people might think of this as brutal because you are using a life to save another life however think about it; clones are not unique individuals that were produced through sexual reproduction by two partners therefore using them to save a unique, loved, and known individual is the right thing to do. Furthermore, if ethical beliefs say we should not make clones because they don’t enclose a “soul” nor were “supposed” to be, then they got no reason whatsoever to argue about them being killed or used to save what they call “real” lives or “individuals”.

Many times people say it is dangerous or not right. Why do they say that? What are they scared of? After all it only takes a cell and an egg to attempt to produce a clone. Something that folks have a fear of is the clone will be EXACTLY like the person who it was cloned from. That statement is very wrong. It is true that the clone will have the same genetic make-up and contain he same characteristics (looks). However, it will be very different in terms of personality and thoughts. Anyone who knows identical twins knows that they are very different from each other, because to many factors in the environment play a role in development; and if the clone grows up at a different time or in a different place, it will have an incredibly different personality.

It is very likely that cloned organisms would have defective or deformed organs or functionalities; however that is today’s technology. If cloning research becomes resumed and legal then many anxious scientists can surely improve and develop new technologies that would make cloning easier and more effective with fewer errors. Why do people only look at the negative side of cloning and not the endless ideas and helpful facts like some stated above? In spite of everything the worst thing that can happen is just a substandard or non-functional experimentation of which is happening everyday, every hour in order to make our lives easier and with less problems. Humans learn from their mistakes and hesitating so will result in not advancing in our lives. The technologies we are working on now are to help people with serious medical problems and to ensure a secure future. The world is in store for some major technological advances and everyone must be prepared to deal with controversial issues such as the one presented above. If one is not able to deal with change then technology is just going to leave them behind. Like it or not technology is not going to stop progressing, so the world is going to have to learn to accept what is happening.

By: Ali Shadzik

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