The Cloning Advantage





The first successfully cloned mammal was created on February of 1997. It was a breakthrough in scientific research when the Scottish scientists cloned a sheep by the name of Dolly. The method of cloning requires the extraction of DNA from anywhere on a subject’s body and inserting that DNA into a woman’s egg. Worldwide attention was turned to the prospect of human cloning and with a push for sweeping prohibition (Tribe 459) legislatures around the world banned any research related to cloning because of its nature. To get rid of cloning research would be very harmful and detrimental to society. If cloning humans is allowed then it will benefit us all because of the medical advances and understands that can be obtained from cloning technology which will help everyone improve and prolong their lives.

Cloning is beneficial because the technology will give us a better understanding of the way our bodies work. It will end many diseases and prevent new unforeseen ones. Also, couples unable to bear children will be able to via cloning. Organs can be cloned reducing the long waiting lists that many people in need of organs suffer. To get rid of cloning research would be very harmful and detrimental to us all.

One of the main arguments concerns the immorality of cloning. Many state that cloning debases the essence of humanity. The cloning of oneself will in no way reduce the value of what it is to be human. Cloning is just another way of reproducing. Alt5ernative



methods of fertilization and surrogate motherhood have gained moral status so why not cloning? There were cries of immorality when birth control pills and heat transplant surgery were introduced. These innovations have gained widespread acceptance. This is to say that banning something before its potential is examined is a huge mistake.

A cloned person is just like a twin, only years apart. A cloned person has its own personality because it is the environment and experiences that make the person. Any beliefs that clones are mindless human beings are wrong. Many assume the worst that the worst could happen. People always assume the worst, recall The Boys From Brazil, a story of identical offspring of Adolf Hitler being raised in order to further his horrible work (Wilson 463). The prevailing belief that people will start cloning a master race or clone Hitler is unrealistic. The cloning of humans will not depreciate humanity. Instead it will be a bonus to mankind. Even if Hitler were to be cloned, it wouldn’t mean that the clone would be like or even succeed in continuing the original Hitler’s plan.

Another concern and the strongest of the arguments that many have is that it goes against Gods will (Wilson 463). Since reproduction through copulation is the norm everything that goes against that is wrong, many assert. There was similar criticism of the aforementioned birth control pills and organ transplant surgery but they have




gradually gained acceptance. When revolutionary advances occur there are always those who oppose it because it disrupts the normality of things.

Another primary argument is the fact that as of now the cloning technology is too risky. Dolly was the only lamb to emerge out of 277 attempts, and we still do not know how long she will live or what diseases, if any, she might contract (Wilson 463). I concede the procedure of cloning such advanced mammals as sheep let alone humans is painstaking and complex. Many things have to go just right in order for the procedure to be successful. This calls for further research not a banning of cloning. Through more research we will be able to clone more efficiently than the Scottish scientists did with Dolly. Mistakes will be made and there will be casualties. Those things go along with progress. In vitro fertilization wasn’t successful the first time around. Neither was organ transplant surgery. A premature ban on any scientific effort moving in the direction of cloning could well impede on useful research (Wilson 463). Further research will help us better understand the technology and how to apply it effectively. Current cloning projects on monkeys, which are very similar to humans, will better help us understand how to clone humans. Sure the technology is