Essay on The Issue Of Cloning Human Body Parts

2603 Words Jan 20th, 2015 11 Pages
Therapeutic Cloning Although not a very popular topic, the issue of cloning human body parts is very relevant in today’s technological world. In 1996, Dr Ian Wilmut of the Roslin Institute was able to successfully clone a sheep named Dolly. Later, in 1998, Japanese scientists were able to clone mice. By the end of the year 2000, thousands of animals were successfully cloned. In 2001, a human embryo was cloned successfully to a 32 cell stage, before scientists terminated it. Had this experiment continued, a child might have been born with identical DNA to it’s parent. We are capable of cloning, the technology is there, but whether we should exercise this technique on humans or not is an ethical question that has haunted progressive thinkers for years. Taking into account the overwhelming benefits and the very, very few dangers, therapeutically cloning human body parts (not humans themselves), would be extremely advantageous to society. Cloning, as a science, alongside genetic modification, exists to benefit humans. In order to better understand the cloning of body parts, we must delve further into the science of cloning. The act of cloning is duplicating an organism to create another organism with identical DNA. There are two ways to clone humans, Artificial Embryo Twinning, and Somatic Nuclear Cell Transfer. Both have been successfully done. In the former, an early cell of an organism is taken, split into equal parts, and put into separate petri dishes. Then, these…

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