Argumentive on Human Cloning

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Argumentative Human Cloning - Stop Cloning Around

Did you enjoy watching Star Wars, Jurassic Park, Multiplicity, or any of the other

movies that describe cloning? Most of what you see in these movies is false. Cloning could be dangerous, to the clone and to our society as a whole. It is unethical to have a human clone.

There is no other topic in "health technologies" that is so controversial than human cloning. It will be an even more controversial issue than abortion. Cloning seems like a topic for the future but this future is much closer than people would like to believe. Many people have deep religious and ethical reasons for wanting a ban on human cloning.

What is cloning? Cloning is a process used to create a copy of a mammal by using the complete genetic material of a regular body cell. Cloning needs only one cell; without sex.

To site an example; in 1997, the news shocked the whole world that the British scientists created a lamb named Dolly from a single cell. This type of cloning is referred to as Nuclear Transfer Cloning. What happened in Dolly's case is that Dr. Ian Willmus and his team of scientists took a nucleus from a sheep's udder and inserted it with an egg from another sheep. Out of 200 embryos that developed only one embryo survived. It was implanted into a third sheep. Dolly was born 148 days later as an exact genetic replica of the sheep that they took the nucleus from the udder. Dolly was then "put down" by lethal injection in 2003. She was suffering from lung cancer and crippling arthritis.

Could you imagine if the failure rate was that high if humans start being cloned? More than 200 embryos, the start of 200 human...