This essay is about the pros and cons of cloning. This was done as an assignment and got a 5/5.

Essay by notathinkerHigh School, 11th grade January 2003

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The recent idea of cloning has stirred up a lot of debates and conflicts between different people. These debates arise because there are advantages and disadvantages to the idea of cloning. What I will do is look at some of these "pros" and "cons" of cloning.

The first group of advantages is medical - first I will look at the fact that by copying an individual it can provide a donor of bone marrow for transplants. The clone could be made up with the proper makeup necessary in order to have a successful transplant. This would be an advantage because having 'natural' children can't guarantee a match. Another pro of cloning is that it can be done for infertile couples, or in situations where one parent has a genetic disease that can be passed on. Also the knowledge of cloning can lead to further development of new medicines for humans/ animals.

Finally, by cloning we can eliminate certain defects/diseases, for example like diabetes.

Along with medical advantages there are emotional advantages to parents who have lost a child and now can clone a new one.

Another pro would be economic - both to the people it provides jobs to and also that scientists would be able to use cloning for a mass production of animals like cows for example to produce more products like: beef, cheese and milk. So they wouldn't have to use as much natural animals. The final pro would have to be that we could prevent the extinctions of certain animals.

While there are quite a bit of advantages to cloning there is an immense number of disadvantages. First we have to look at the fact that it took 277 attempts to clone Dolly the sheep, so this shows us that we are not...