The Science of Cloning Essay

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The Science of Cloning

The Science of Cloning
In the essay, Cloning Reality: Brave New World by Wesley J. Smith, a skewed view of the
effects of cloning is presented. Wesley feels that cloning will end the perception of
human life as sacred and ruin the great diversity that exists today. He feels that cloning
may in fact, end human society as we know it, and create a horrible place where humans are
simply a resource. I disagree with Wesley because I think that the positive effects of
controlled human cloning can greatly improve the quality of life for humans today, and
that these benefits far outweigh the potential drawbacks that could occur if cloning was
misused.

Human cloning is one of the most controversial subjects in modern times. Supporters claim
that cloning is a great advance in science and can lead to great discoveries and medical
breakthroughs. Opponents feel that cloning is a threat to human individuality and is
potentially disastrous. Both sides make reasonable arguments, however I feel that Wesley
takes things a bit too far in his grim outlook on the future of humanity. Sure, there are
downsides to cloning, and yes it can be dangerous if it is used for the wrong purposes.
This is true with almost any new technology. From gunpowder to cars to airplanes to
computers to the Internet; any one of these technologies can be harnessed for negative
purposes. Despite the risks involved however, all of these technologies have improved our
standard of living and quality of life, and I feel cloning will do the same.

Wesley J. Smith goes on and on about how eugenicists would want to create homogeneity
among Humans, valuing traits such as intelligence and looks instead of love, compassion,
and empathy. He feels that this would create an unnatural society of human beings,
creating chaos among the world. What he fails to recognize however is that it is not
nearly as simple to do this as he thinks. Right now, cloning is in its very elementary
stages, and most research being done is for medical purposes. Through advancing our
knowledge in cloning and genetic engineering, we can eliminate unwanted traits and genetic
diseases. Wesley may then try to argue that these unwanted traits and diseases make us
unique, but I doubt he will get much support, especially from somebody who suffers from
some horrible genetic disease or deformity.

Wesley then uses nature itself in his arguments by stating: "Eugenics, as awful as it is,
is only the beginning of the threat posed to the natural order by human cloning". "Some
cloners have decided that if they are going to "play God" they might as well do it all the
way by creating altogether new life forms." Wesley is correct in stating that there are
people who would want to use the technology of cloning and genetic engineering to create
new life forms. What he fails to realize however is that scientists aren't crazy people
who are trying their hardest to create strange and unnatural life forms. Most scientists
are not eugenicists and aren't after creating a race of super humans, or some sort of new
species. Science is about learning about the world around us by using an organized
approach, and this is exactly what scientists want to do. Cloning will allow us to further
our knowledge of medicine, the human genome, and life itself.
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