The Cost of Progress Through Cloning Ethical or Immoral? By Jack Friedman, Ryan Reede, and Michelle Azlin
Main Idea As cloning research continues to prove itself quite progressive in curing disease, ethical and moral issues come into play keeping it from the forefront in medical research. ?
Solving World Hunger Reproducing and keeping the most productive food generating and anti-insect plants alive would be an excellent way to push these admirable traits down the gene pool. Cloning would allow this to happen by making recombinant DNA from the insect-free plants and mixing them with pollen to allow for the rest of the plant sex cycle to work naturally. This would make food less costly to produce for the farmers who have to spend their money on pesticides all the while making their trade more efficient. With cheaper and more plentiful supplies of crops, surplus could be sent to where it is needed. Smith, Simon. "All The Reasons To Clone Human Beings." Human Cloning Foundation Home Page. Web. 19 Mar. 2010.
Genetic Diversity? Cloning for the best traits in a plant or animal would limit genetic diversity which has proven itself through science a necessity to the sustainability of species. Say a very specialized grain of rice were to be perfected through cloning for the best nutrition and fastest growth rates were to be subject to one random strain of disease that devastates it. This would likely remove the plant from our planet as there would be no rice capable of outlasting the disease since all of Earth’s rice would be the exact same. Jones, Walter. "What is Cloning?." Learn.Genetics 21 March 2010. <http://learn.genetics.utah .edu/content/tech/cloning/whatiscloning/>
Regeneration of Faulty Tissue When a certain human body part doesn’t function properly the body turns to stem cells to replace or fix it. Stem cells can do a wide range of things in human making them quite valuable. The problem is that not enough of them are typically present to fix say a part of the brain. What cloning would do is make more of these stem cells to allow the body to fix it’s own problems. Wallace, Jeff M. "Cloning Fact Sheet." Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Web. 19 Mar. 2010.18 March 2010
But at What Cost??? Cloning research and execution would essentially make it exclusive to those few who can afford it. It would likely be too expensive for insurance companies to cover and those who would be most needy of cloning’s power may never get to have it help them. Though curing a disease wouldn’t be quite as bad, scientists estimate that cloning a human would cost about 2 million dollars. Wallace, Jeff M. "Cloning Fact Sheet." Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Web. 19 Mar. 2010. 18 March 2010
Fewer Miscarriages • Cloning research can help scientist better understand the nature of miscarriages which in turn will likely prevent them from happening. • The process of cloning cells works similarly to the way Morula (The mass of cells that attach to the women’s uterus and cause miscarriages) form so rapidly so it would provide a ton of insight on how to stop this common problem. Ganesh, Dennis G. "Pros and Benefits of Cloning - Cloning Genetic Engineering." BOOTSTRIKE.COM -Guides, Tutorials, FAQs, Laughter HELL, Singapore IT Fair Pricelists, Video Conversion Computer Services. Ed. Web. 19 Mar. 2010.
An Immoral Practice Though we typically see evolution and creation against each other, cloning would undermine the main arguments of both. As for Darwinism and Evolution, cloning would take away the idea of survival of the fittest as human intervention would take it’s place. As for the preachings of Christianity, regenerating humans through science goes against the notion that God created every human. Robinson, Bruce A. "Ethical Aspects of Human Cloning." ReligiousTolerance.org by the Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance. 5 Aug. 1997. Web. 21 Mar. 2010. <http://www.religioustolerance.org/clo_intra.htm>.
To sum it up As our evidence proves, cloning can be as successful as it wants, but there are simply too many reasons for people to be against it to keep it’s potentially live saving help from reaching the patients.