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The ethics of human cloning


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The ethics of human cloning

  1. 1. By Graham and Josh
  2. 2. What is Cloning?  The production of genetically identical organisms via “somatic cell nuclear transfer”. Somatic cell nuclear transfer refers to the process of removing the nucleus of a somatic cell of an organism and transferring it into an oocyte from which the nucleus has been removed.
  3. 3. Human Cloning  An embryo that, as a result of the manipulation of human reproductive material, contains a diploid set of chromosomes obtained from a single human being.
  4. 4. The Law  Paragraph 5(1)(a) of the Act states: No person shall knowingly create a human clone by using any technique, or transplant a human clone into a human being or into any non-human life form or artificial device. Penalties for contravening the prohibition are severe: a maximum fine of $500,000 or ten years in prison, or both.
  5. 5. Moral Relativist’s Position  Therapeutic Cloning Genetic Illnesses “Super Humans”
  6. 6. Catholic Church’s Position  Strongly opposed Embryos are harmed and killed It devalues human life and what it means to be human It is a disgrace to human dignity
  7. 7. How does it affect the good?  If we allow human cloning to occur, floodgates for genetic testing/experiments will open Stem Cell Research Genetic Modification
  8. 8. Our Opinion  Human cloning should not be done Loss of individuality Breach of security What happens to failed experiments?