To Clone or Not to Clone.

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To Clone or Not to Clone

Ban human cloning! Allow cloning for scientific purposes! Charles Krauthammer, author of "Of Headless Mice...and Men", displays a strong argument as to why human cloning should be banned while Daniel Kelves, author of "Study Cloning, Don't Ban It", feels that "It would be better to watch and regulate than prohibit." Although both arguments are highly effective and persuasive, Charles Krauthammer's selection supplies more emotions and more logical support as to why cloning should be banned.

Daniel Kelves states that "If cloning was regulated, an infertile couple could clone on of them and they could raise that child, (another reason given was,) " for a cancer victim who could use their DNA to clone spare body parts such as; the liver, pancreas, lungs, kidneys, and bone marrow." Some religious officials argue that human cloning, or any cloning, is unethical and against god's will.

However, Kelves states that "Daedalus, of Greek mythology, was the first biological inventor responsible for the procreation of Minotaur. If Daedalus did not offend the gods of his day, many people have indicted biotechnologists for affronting god in ours." These are the only valid arguments that Kelves presented in his writing.

Kelves does not express his views well enough to persuade readers to agree with his opinion, unlike Krauthammer in "Of Headless Mice...and Men". Krauthammer states, "Congress should ban human cloning now. Totally.", and he gave great reasons as to why people should side with his opinion. At the University of Texas and at the University of Bath, headless mice and headless tadpoles were created to demonstrate the usefulness of cloning. "Human bodies without any semblance of consciousness would not be considered persons, therefore it would be perfectly legal to keep them 'alive' as a future source of organs."...