Should We Make Copies?

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In our day and age there has been one debate that has become heated in recent years, and that debate is cloning. Cloning is the creation of an organism that is an exact genetic copy of another, a duplicate, so to speak. This means that every single code of DNA is the same between the two beings. Cloning is a somewhat young and controversial topic that has already stirred up quite a commotion between people’s religious principles and scientists’ conclusions. It has been accepted by some, disapproved by others, but over all, regarded with curiosity and caution. The question is, is cloning a new prospect that will further advance our way of life, or should scientists just let sleeping dogs lie? Cloning definitely opens new doors to new possibilities, but is not something to be taken lightly. Still, we should at least open those doors and take a quick peek before deciding whether or not to advance in this medical field.

Cloning could mean many things in terms of its various applications. Not just cloning sheep like Dolly, but animals (livestock), crops, organs, and even people can be cloned. Cloning organs has definite benefits seeing as many lives would be saved by organ transplants. Out of all cloning uses, and if done correctly, cloning organs has the smallest list of possible drawbacks concerning scientific complications and moral and religious confrontation. In present day, the cloning process is yet to be perfected, as many cloned organisms experience unforeseen health deficiencies and complications, it they manage to survive at all that is. (Dolly came after many failures) However, cloning a heart or liver doesn’t trample over moral boundaries as cloning a person or animal would. An organ is not sentient and has no will of its own, so if complications in the cloning process occur, there will be no emotional or physical repercussions.

What many people are unaware of is that cloning is already used in our society, but by a small degree that is. Things we clone include livestock, crops, and even bacteria for vaccine purposes. Although there can be many ways to utilize cloning, cloning organs is the one that has the highest calling. More than 101,000 people are waiting today for transplant surgeries, and by the time you have read this article, that number will already have risen, as the number grows an average of 300 per month. Currently, there is an average of 19 deaths related to people that were waiting for transplant surgeries, an also steadily growing amount. It should also be noted that if more people were to become organ donors, scientists wouldn’t be gearing towards cloning organs.

Obviously cloning is a long, drawn out process and is not as simple as click-copy-paste. Cloning is also a controversial concept that leaves people to question the ethics. Are we irresponsibly tampering with life? I personally am not comfortable with certain uses of cloning. Cloned human beings will have emotional confusion about the validity of their existance and I am skeptical about the good seen in anima cloning, I have always loathed abortion (which is a completely different topic), and I dislike the idea of humans being cloned. Although my disapproval has more or so to do with the designer baby concept, where the baby’s physical traits are basically predetermined or chosen by the parents.  But when it comes to cloning organs, we are not tampering with life in the literary term. Through cloning organs, people have nothing to lose and everything to gain, so cloning organs is a definite go-ahead. Beyond the cloning techniques that are already used, the cloning of organs seems to be the only use of cloning that would ever fall inside people’s comfort zone. Some might say it could become a demand.


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