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Discursive essay: Human Cloning Human cloning has recently become a fairly controversial subject and people have many different views on it. Some people such as religious groups are against everything to do with cloning. There are people who believe that there is nothing wrong with cloning and people should stop making such a big issue about it. There are also people who are "in-between"� and do not believe in cloning full human beings but believe that the medical breakthroughs it can offer is good.

Recently human cloning has been a fairly big issue in the news after scientists said they had cloned human cells. This scientific breakthrough can be used to produce organs or tissues to repair or replace damaged or diseased ones. Skin for burns victims, brain cells for people with brain damage, spinal cord cells for quadriplegics and paraplegics, hearts, lungs, livers and kidneys could all be produced, this will help cure illnesses and improve peoples life.

With the cloning of these cells, problems such as Down's syndrome, liver failure, kidney failure, cystic fibrosis, cancer, Parkinson's disease and cancer could all be cured. There would be a never ending supply of organs to treat these diseases which would mean hospital waiting lists would nearly be wiped out. Also these organs would not be rejected as they are cloned to have the same genetic make up as the person receiving the organ.

Human cloning could also offer the chance for people who cannot have children the chance to have their own child, by using the persons DNA they can clone the parent's cells and create a baby.

Also, there are people who do not want to have children due to diseases or gene defects, which could pass to their children. By cloning cells the defective genes could be removed...