Cloning- is it Ethical?

Essay by Vix_001High School, 11th gradeA, October 2002

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To begin my introduction to cloning, I would like to ask of you to erase everything that you have learned and heard about cloning. But please do not do that if you name is: Dr. Ian Wilmut, Dr. Keith Campbell, John Gurdon, Steen Malte Willadsen, Alan Colman, Neal First, James M. Robl, Mark Westheusin or Richard Seed - the fore fathers of cloning.

Although you may think this is not a good way of going about it, it will overall be helpful in attaining my goal. You may think this will make it harder for me to teach, or that I am attempting to pollute your mind with my views, and with false information. However, I give you my word that I will do my best to do none of that. In fact my goal is to do just the opposite. My purpose is to educate you. I want to give you everything you need to make an educated decision based on the facts, and in the interest of everyone and everything.

I will do this by giving you scientific information about cloning, views of scientists, and relevant comments from religious point of views, and opinions from the general population.

First things first, what is cloning and a clone? The dictionary says cloning is the technique of producing a genetically identical duplicate of an organism. A clone is said to be all descendants derived asexually from a single individual, as by cuttings, bulbs, by fission, by mitosis, or by parthenogenesis reproduction. The goals and purposes for cloning range from making copies of those that have deceased to better engineering the offspring in humans and animals. Cloning could also directly offer a means of curing diseases or a technique that could extend means to acquiring new data for the sciences...