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Humans have within their grasp the ability and technology to
create life. Many believe that this knowledge will lead to
further degradation of the human spirit. But others, like
Prometheus and his gift of fire, believe that new technology is
the key to a new, and better, reality. Genetic engineering and,
specifically, cloning, of human life has become an issue of
extreme gravity in the age of technology where anything may be
dreamed and many things are possible. Cloning is a reality in
today's world: "Three months ago, Gearhart and Thomson announced
that they had each isolated embryonic stem cells and induced them
to begin copying themselves without turning into anything else.
In so doing, they apparently discovered a way to make stem cells
by the billions, creating a biological feedstock that might, in
turn, be employed to produce brand-new, healthy human tissue.
That is, they discovered how to fabricate the stuff of which
humanity is made" (Easterbrook 20).
Leon R. Kass proposed three perspectives that serve to
classify the ways people think of cloning as beneficial:

The technological perspective "will be seen as an
extension of existing techniques for assisting
reproduction and determining the genetic makeup of
children. Like them, cloning is to be regarded as a
neutral technique, with no inherent meaning or
goodness, but subject to multiple uses, some good, some
bad. The morality of cloning thus depends absolutely
on the goodness or badness of the motives and
intentions of the cloners ... by the way the parents
nurture and rear their resulting child and whether they
bestow the same love and affection on a child brought
into existence by a technique of assisted reproduction
as they would on a child born in the usual way. The
liberal (or libertarian or liberationist) perspective
sets cloning in the context of rights, freedoms and
personal empowerment. Cloning is just a new option for
exercising an individual's right to reproduce or to
have the kind of child that he or she wants ... For
those who hold this outlook, the only moral restraints
on cloning are adequately informed consent and the
avoidance of bodily harm. The meliorist ... see in
cloning a new prospect for improving human
beings--minimally, by ensuring the perpetuation of
healthy individuals by avoiding the risks of genetic
disease inherent in the lottery of sex, and maximally,
by producing "optimum babies," preserving outstanding
genetic material, and (with the help of soon-to-come
techniques for precise genetic engineering) enhancing
inborn human capacities on many fronts. Here the
morality of cloning as a means is justified solely by
the excellence of the end, that is, by the outstanding
traits or individuals cloned--beauty, or brawn, or
brains" (Kass PG).

The detractors of cloning cite the loss of human dignity as
the primary adverse effect. The process of cloning includes
extraction of human cells from early life - the use of aborted
fetuses. Many people find this repugnant and recoil from the
potential uses such knowledge could be put to - like Frankenstein
and his creation, is Man playing God? and what are the unforeseen
consequences?
God created life from the firmament. Dr. Frankenstein
created life from what was once living matter. The scientists of
today propose to create life from life. Frankenstein harvested
his components from the charnel houses of Ingolstadt, whereas the
seeds of life are now reaped from the unborn dead. Perhaps the
hope of cloning is like the wish of Dr. Frankenstein that he
could return to life those nearest and dearest when they are
killed by his creation in revenge for mankind's rejection of him
and Frankenstein's destruction of the half-finished female.
Perhaps the proponents, like Frankenstein, will run in fear
from the room after they have found they are successful in
creating a new Being. The revulsion seen in the acts of the
Doctor are mirrored in the response of modern Man to the concept
of cloning. The Being, once brought to life, is grotesque,
unacceptable to others of humankind. Is this what we fear in the
future of genetic engineering? Has modern science, like
Prometheus and Pandora, unlocked a secret for which the control
does not yet exist? Frankenstein admits that "the different
accidents of life are not so changeable as the feelings of human

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