Essay on Cloning : Benefits, Harms, And Misconceptions

1621 Words May 7th, 2016 7 Pages
Cloning: Benefits, Harms, and Misconceptions
For decades scientists have pondered over the idea of somatic cell nuclear transfer, otherwise known as cloning. In 1996, their ideas became tangible with the creation of Dolly the sheep, the first organism to ever be conceived through nuclear cell transfer. Today, scientists are closer than ever to clone human cells successfully. Although there is excitement over this potential scientific breakthrough, there are fearful and apprehensive reactions as well. To pursue cloning research entails risking the possibility of eugenic practices, putting human lives in danger, and facing lots of controversy. In spite of its pitfalls, the outcomes could change the future of medicine. Continuing this research could put an end to hereditary and degenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and multiple sclerosis. Not only this, but there would no longer be a need to donate organs if scientists could regenerate organs and tissues through somatic cell transfer. Cloning research brings the public many questions, but the benefits it brings could be life changing to a plethora of people.
Contrary to popular belief, cloning is not sticking a person in a machine, copying their DNA and having the outcome be a brain dead clone. The media portrays cloning very different compared to what it truly is. Most people believe that cloning is the creation of a whole organism rather than just one cell that eventually multiplies(Pimple 736). Cloning…

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