Essay about The Ethical Implications Of Cloning

1653 Words Dec 15th, 2015 null Page
With new advancements in cloning technology and stem cell research in the past two decades, cloning may soon become the norm in society. From the 1996 birth of Dolly the Sheep, the world’s first cloned animal, to new discoveries in using cloned cells to create organs, scientists have made immense progress in their understanding of cloning. Cloning is defined as “the process of generating a genetically identical copy of a cell or an organism” (“Cloning”). There are three different types of cloning that are all used for different purposes: therapeutic cloning, gene cloning, and reproductive cloning. Therapeutic cloning is used to create tissues that are genetically identical to a patient’s cells so the patient’s body does not reject a new organ placed inside of it (“Therapeutic”). Gene cloning is the process through which a specific gene from an organism is extracted and inserted into another organism in order to try to reproduce more copies of that gene (“Gene”). Reproductive cloning is the process through which the embryo of an organism is placed into a host of another organism in order to create a clone genetically identical to the first organism (“Reproductive”). While reproductive cloning has only been successful with animals, human reproductive cloning, which I believe is dangerous and unnecessary, is a possibility in the future. I believe that the use of therapeutic cloning is ethical in both animals and humans, but the uses of reproductive and gene cloning are only…

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