The Philosophy of Cloning

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"What we call progress is the exchange of one nuisance for another nuisance." This quote by Henry Havelook Ellis describes the outcome of cloning that the world has seen so far and will continue to see if strict laws regulating cloning research are not set into place. Due to governmental regulations, cloning research has slowed down. If such legislations do not continue, the process of cloning will be sure to spiral out of hand. If these laws proceed, the creation of the human race will remain in the hands of God - not in the hands of scientists. Although this may sound all too much like a made for television science fiction movie, it is far too close to becoming reality for comfort. Although cloning has shown a few positive outcomes, there are also the negative; but both the good and the bad outcomes are not ones which mere mortals should be controlling.

Humans have come a long way in the scientific field with advances in medicine and treatments for God's ailments, but as far as playing God in order to create a human or any other animal, that is one step that humans can not handle. Our civilization has not yet been able to perfect the situations that God has already challenged us with, so why do we think that we are ready act as a god? Overpopulation, starvation, natural disasters and crime are all too mundane in our society. If the efforts that are going into cloning were applied to the problems that are already apparent than this world would be a better place for our children. We need to stop trying to bring the perfect child into an imperfect world.

A clone is defined as a group of organisms, all of which are descended from a single...