Cloning As an Alternative

             God created a man, and from one of his ribs, he created a woman. Then, the two of them created a new life. This was all naturally done. It was God's most wonderful creation. Cloning brings up a life dilemma. Cloning puts in a single or a group of individuals the power of creating and granting life. And this is done by basically duplicating one individual, by creating a twin of somebody else. Furthermore, cloning is a life dilemma because it makes the whole human race to choose one more time between right and wrong.

             The first thing that must be cleared up is what is cloning and what is a clone. The biological definition of clone is "an organism that has the same genetic information as another organism or organisms" ("Cloning" 1997). Therefore cloning is the production of a genetically identical duplicate of an "organism" ("Cloning" 1997).

             People who argue in favor of cloning believe that it could directly help in curing diseases or to acquire new data for the sciences of embryology. Also, agricultural industry thinks cloning can help them as it improves. Cloning may be able to help the industry to produce better farm animals. The goal is to produce farm animals with ideal characteristics for the agricultural industry and to be able to manufacture better biological products such as high quality milk for humans. For instance, "at Roslin are trying to produce a sheep that produce milk with beneficial proteins for Cystic Fibrosis patients" (Kolata, 24 February 1997).

             Scientists also are looking to help the endangered species to increase their population. But, they are mainly focusing their efforts for the improvement of life for humans. For example, "scientists foresee the cloning of pigs to produce organs that humans will not reject" (Wills 22). There are also possibilities that cloning could provide benefits to those who would like children. For instance, couples who are infertile, or have genetic disorders could use cloning to produce a child.

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