cloning has become a reality, with sheep, mice, cattle, goats,
monkeys, and pigs having been cloned. An endangered animal, the
Asian gaur has also been cloned. Scientists clone animals for the
purpose of creating genetically improved livestock; monkeys and mice
can be cloned to facilitate the testing of medicines and products;
cloned pigs could one day provide a genetically engineered source of
organ transplants for humans; endangered animals can be saved.
Animal cloning has a purpose.
An increasing number of scientists and members of the public are
expressing strong desires to carry out human cloning.
I cannot help but have mixed feelings on human cloning. I am unable
to avoid the more superstitious doubt that clones do not have souls.
Roman Catholics believe that the soul enters the body upon
conception. However, I am not so sure. God creates clones about 4000
times a day when He creates natural twins, but it does not make it
right for scientists to carry out cloning as it would mean
interfering with God's work. Although I am not a Roman Catholic, I
believe that cloning is unnatural as no possible benefits can
justify the interference with God's work.
On the other hand, human cloning can bring about great medical
benefits through stem cell research. Scientists say that cloning of
human embryos could bring about huge progress in creating cures for
diseases such as Parkinson's, diabetes, Alzheimer's and paralysis.
Other reasons why people want cloning include cloning their dead
children or parents, or creating clones to provide organs to save
their or their children? lives. Homosexual couples can also have
children through cloning. Some selfish reasons include people
wanting to create "designer babies" with high IQ or good
looks, or people wanting to cheat death by having their genetic
clone live on.
My final stand is that human cloning should not be carried out at
this stage of time, where animal cloning is not even perfected yet.
Even after four years of practice with animal cloning, the failure
rate is still overwhelming: 98% of embryos never implant or die off
during gestation or soon after birth. Many babies are also born with
numerous malformations. It took 277 attempts to clone Dolly, 274
attempts to clone Cumulina, 110 times to clone Xena. 368 embryos
formed by splitting 107 embryos into two or four pieces and then
implanted into surrogate mothers only resulted in one Tetra, the
rhesus monkey. Hence the failure rate for animal cloning is seen to
be vastly overwhelming. Trying to clone a dead child now would most
likely mean another dead child, which will be devastating to the
Even if cloning is made commercially viable and legal in the future,
when is enough enough? Would it be alright to clone a person a
I think that cloning research should be given the go ahead. No doubt
there is a serious concern about the dangers of cloning at this
time, given all the uncertainty and random 'hit-or-miss' nature of
cloning experiments right now. However, I think this is precisely
why we should carry out further research on cloning. We must not
ignore the many benefits that human cloning would bring us should it
become a reality. Therefore, we should try as much as possible to
understand the whole process of cloning - a process which is not new
to the world, because nature itself has been carrying it out for
Further research, in the meantime, should be carried out starting
right from the bottom. From that, I mean scientists should start
from working on animals which are easiest to clone, and only when
they have perfected a method of producing a clone with as little
side effects and danger as possible, should they move on to an
animal which is less easy to clone. By working their way up, and not
being over-ambitious and wanting to clone humans right away, they
can do away with not just a lot of errors, dangers and failures, but
also with a huge amount of controversy that surrounds the ethical
concerns of exposing human embryos to blatant danger. Scientists
should realise that where it concerns human lives, even of those
which at the time being do not look like humans, experiments carried
out in a trial-and-error method is completely unacceptable to most
of the world.
However, looking at sinister predictions of the future should human
cloning fall in the hands of people who abuse it, I think the
objections and aversion of many people towards the subject of
cloning are not unfounded. However, we cannot afford to bury our
heads in the sand. If cloning is not legally allowed, I'm certain
there will be underground research going on anyway, given the
benefits and rewards that can be reaped from a fruitful find. Then,
without the government to control and regulate who and how many
people get to make use of this process, abusers, both of the process
and of such a situation, will certainly be rampant. This is much
like the case of heroin, where the traffickers and producers make
millions from their trade, while millions die from ignorant and
abusive heroin usage. Cigarettes, on the other hand, are harmful and
addictive just like heroin.
because the government didn't ban it, it, for one, lost its
'forbidden fruit' appeal. Although there are still abusers of
cigarettes, at least the government is able to impose an age limit
and can make sure distributors take responsibility for the way their
products are sold. Similarly, if the government legalises cloning,
it will be able to regulate it. Furthermore, since cloning can
hardly be considered an 'over-the-counter' business, governments can
take sole control of it, with, say, only one centre being legalised
to carry out cloning. With sufficient funding to bring down the cost
(lower than the 'black market' cloners), and efficient
administration, people will be much less likely to approach those
who are carrying the process out underground. This is because
approaching the governmentally controlled centre is cheaper, does
not involve endless paperwork and waiting and, best of all, they
will not be jailed for it. Thus, the government can make sure that
only people like homosexual couples and infertile couples or couples
with hereditary diseases, get to make use of cloning. Underground
cloners, unable to cover their costs, would most likely give up
their trade then.
Therefore, I am very much for the legalising of cloning research,
since that not only brings mankind great benefits, but also reduces
the chances of people being able to abuse cloning should it become
viable one day.
has the power to create life, yes… this is indeed a prerogative of
God, and him alone. I cannot refute this statement, and I will not
even try to.
C. Clark once said, "Any sufficiently advanced technology is
indistinguishable from magic."
is an amazing technological breakthrough indeed. Frankly, I believe
it has great potential and will eventually help mankind in a big
way. However, there is widespread concern that human cloning is
against God’s will and it should not be permitted. On the
contrary, I believe that God is always ahead of man, and it is through him that man has acquired this knowledge and developed
science thus far. Why not think of cloning as something God had
meant for us, anyway?
is the key to cloning. I think tight safety measures should be
exercised to keep cloning to a limit. Firstly, it is vital that the
process has been fully researched upon. Eventually, when it has been
deemed completely safe and free of side effects, cloning can and
should be extended to humans. This I say, because cloning can
benefit man in ways more than one. For example, dying people can be
saved with the aid of transplants and blood transfusions from
concerns question the state of cloning, should it fall into wrong
hands. However, it is not fair to ban cloning, just because it might
be used for immoral purposes. At this point in time, we are still in the early stages of cloning, and we
have no idea of the
benefits, and yes, the liabilities too. We should not deprive future
generations of something that might develop in something so
multi-faceted and utilitarian.
this juncture, I’d like to make a reference to IVF, that is,
in-vitro fertilization. When it was made possible in England
about 20 years back, IVF was banned in many countries worldwide.
However, after the methods were perfected and made innocuous,
countries lifted the ban, and the technology has resulted in many
otherwise infertile women being able to bear children. Likewise,
cloning has the capacity to develop into a life-saver of sorts for
stand I take might not be agreeable to all, but these are just some
of my personal opinions. Sometimes, I think about the other side of
cloning… What if, just what if, someone cloned a copy of Hitler?
But then, will the cloned Hitler be just as motivated to start
another World War? We don’t know, but the possibilities are
endless. I also wonder how it would be for clones and normal humans
to live side by side. Will there be boundaries set aside for clones?
Or how about a Clones vs Humans war 50 years down the road, just
like the World Wars of yesteryears? These thoughts are frightening
indeed, and I will refrain from contemplating these at this point in
time. I’ll just take things in as they come.
or not a human should be brought to Earth depends very much on
nature. Most importantly, it depends on God's will. This is a very
strong factor why we should not clone humans. Are we in such a
desperate state that we must reproduce humans via artificial means?
If it is willed that our child should be born with genetic
defects, let it be so. If it is willed that a couple should not have
any kids, let it be so.
am concerned about the rising demands and curiosity where cloning in
concerned. No doubt, cloning brings about many beneficial things in
terms of medication, a couple's ability to have children as well as
passing down the desirable genes from a person. However, all these
do not matter very much to me. I feel that the technology for the
advancement for science and medicine definitely has a long way to
go, but it can still carry on if we forgo cloning.
we have cloning. What will we have 100 years down the road? I dare
not imagine how the development of science will when scientists can
no longer see the fine line between humanity and logic. This thought
alone is enough to make me shudder.
We are taking nature into our own hands by cloning animals or
people. Religious organizations consider nuclear transfer to cause
men to be reproductively obsolete, and I absolutely agree with this.
This claim was deduced by gathering of the information that cloning
requires only oocytes, any cell, and a woman to develop in. They
also claim that cloning does not respect the fact that humans have
souls. In fact, I feel that cloning a human is equivalent to
destructing respect for a human. Not many will agree with my point
but my stand against human cloning remains clear and will be so.
Cloning is also unnatural and we are taking the work of God into our
own hands. Although he did ask us to "be fruitful and multiply,
and fill the Earth...", I am sure it is not be this unnatural
means that he wants his creation to multiply.
Nothing is more beautiful in life as Earth's greatest gift, nature.