Cloning : The Future Of Medicine Essay
The first question most people ask doctors when they are told that they have a terminal disease is “How long do I have?” Once a person goes into hospice care the average survival is twenty-four days, but the average estimate doctors give their patients is around ninety days. Many people with terminal illness could be saved if the advances in organ cloning allow for cloning organs to be considered commonplace and, most importantly, legal.
Clones are produced through a process called Somatic Cell Nuclear Transplantation (SCNT). The controversy is not necessarily in the SCNT process, it is in what happens after the clone is produced. In reproductive cloning the clone is allowed to live, develop, and eventually be born. In therapeutic cloning, the clone is killed before any development happens for the harvest of stem cells. Reproductive cloning is usually used for research, whereas therapeutic cloning is used in a more practical way, stem cells. Stem cells are essentially a blank canvas for cells; they can be used to repair damaged tissue all throughout the body. These special cells also divide endlessly. Stem cells have saved many lives over the years, and will continue to save more and more with the advances in modern medicine.
Reproductive cloning is much less common because it threatens many people 's’ morals and ethics. Although creating a cloned life is very controversial, scientists have been researching reproductive…