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Here are three reasons why we should say no to cloning: most people think that human cloning is not ethical to make a baby.

1.    Non ethical health risks from mutation of genes.

An abnormal baby would be a likely tragedy.  The technique is very risky right now.  A particular worry is the possibility that the genetic material used from the adult will continue to age so that the genes in a newborn baby clone could be - say - 30 years old or more on the day of birth.  Many attempts at animal cloning produced disfigured monsters with severe abnormalities.  So that would mean creating cloned embryos, implanting them and destroying (presumably) those that look imperfect as they grow in the womb.  However some abnormalities may not appear till after birth.  A cloned cow recently died several weeks after birth with a huge abnormality of blood cell production.

2.   Non ethical emotional risks

A child grows up knowing her mother is her sister, her grandmother is her mother.  Her father is her brother-in-law. Every time her mother looks at her she is seeing herself growing up.  Unbearable emotional pressures on a teenager trying to establish his or her identity. What happens to a marriage when the "father" sees his wife's clone grow up into the exact replica (by appearance) of the beautiful 18 year old he fell in love with 35 years ago?  A sexual relationship would of course be with his wife's twin, no incest involved technically.  You will not find a child psychiatrist in the world who could possibly say that there will not be very significant emotional risk to the cloned child as a result of these pressures.

3.    Non ethical risk of abuse of the technology.

What would Hitler have done with cloning technology if available in the 1940s?  There are powerful leaders in every generation who will seek to abuse this technology for their own purposes.  Going ahead with cloning technology makes this far more likely.  You cannot have so-called therapeutic cloning without reproductive cloning because the technique to make cloned babies is the same as to make a cloned embryo to try to make replacement tissues.  In any case it is a myth that you will get organs from cloned embryos.  At best you will get clusters of cells.  And at the speed at which biotech is accelerating there will soon be other ways to get such cells.  It is rather crude to create a complete embryonic identical twin embryo just to get hold of stem cells to make - say - nervous tissue.  Much better to take cells from the adult and trigger them directly to regress to a more primitive form without the ethical issues raised by inserting a full adult set of genes into an unfertilised egg.

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Richard Faulkerson
July 16, 2016 - 15:35

I made a perfect and improved clone of myself. What do you think? I cloned them for maintenance of peace and the replacement of the LAMPSTAND by a clone. I want a reply if destroying the clone is ethical?

or destroying the pitiful orginal?

I want to hear from you all.

December 13, 2015 - 23:40

this document barley gives information needed

February 23, 2015 - 19:03

why it all nonethical?!?!??!

May 02, 2013 - 13:37

cloning humans is ethical coz it enterfere with god nature, who are we,to make humans.NO TO CLONING OF HUMANS

Reply to bongiwe
April 13, 2017 - 15:45

Read a book and find out what ethical means.

January 20, 2013 - 01:26

The process of being natural is all that matters,, so that no body will be blamed of the outcome. even when parents are hiv positives..they stll allowed to bear children, i wonder if cloning can create a heathy race. then this sick populated world.

Solo Tim V,Tukutukunga
September 24, 2012 - 04:46

What dignity of cloning? What makes human dignity. It is from what he/she gain, or made of, or the nature of creation. Do human cloning should have human right? Should they have soul?

March 01, 2012 - 02:04

This article is stupid, your argument is weak. Though there may be some correlation with abnormal cloning and what happened to Dolly, it is irrelevant because there is no human cloning. Your argument is vague because you don't go into specifics and you are not showing any evidence to your claims. You are using pathos to make your argument appealing to people so that they can sympathize with these "abnormal cloned babies" and feel frightened and shocked about what scientists are doing to "abnormal clones". Using pathos was weak because it makes you rely on human emotions rather than hard evidence making it seem that you hardly have any idea or information of what really is happening with cloning. I suggest if you want to affect people intellectually and make your argument stronger you need to show real evidence and statistics of theses so called "abnormal" clones instead of talking about cloned humans when there aren't any.

sashi dahal
February 17, 2011 - 12:08

does cloning leads to any harms? can we get another clone from the cloned one? if any mistake arises during the cloning process who will be responsible for it? It is a controversial issue. is it in our favour to continue it?

May 29, 2010 - 19:46

is there a way in which a person could be cloned and the clone be exactly the same age? ( by means of a machine that makes the clone older or genetic adaptation) ................ it is still a BIG ethical problem

logan crider
December 02, 2008 - 14:33

to me cloning is humans trying to play god, but as i am a scientific person and have many family members that are in the medical field, i must say that if you could use the technology to clone organs for transplants then that would be ok, cause then you and science could save lives. i also think that scientist should come up with a way to create blood, pure and universal, so that you could "grow " or make vast amounts or it and save countless people. though i dont really like the idea of cloning, if it could be used to save lives, so be it. more power to you.

November 12, 2008 - 11:39

NOB HEADS ! its good ;)

November 07, 2008 - 14:02

i dont think it is a natural world if there is lots of twins you would get confused about whos who hmmmmmmmm but i think they should bring big mamoths because they are fluffy and you can sleep on them cuz there are some frozon somewere so yerrrrrrrrr i do think its gd cloning animals because yes

Reply to Delorus
brookie cookie
October 24, 2010 - 17:22
Re: cloning

you make no sense

Reply to Delorus
December 07, 2011 - 15:00
Re: cloning

this is not a ethical question you do not uderstand what were are capable of we will perfect the ultimate cloning machine

azoska isaac
October 05, 2008 - 11:36
what is a clone

What will be the diffrence between a clone and a normal animal. Can an animal be clone whilst it is still alive.

October 03, 2008 - 09:37
2 side coin

good side
medic orgain made to dna match
baby to people who can't have babys
bad side
army navy air force new men to train forces and
no real human kill in wars head lines and
no soilders pay and they would have no rights.
born to go to war

Reply to matthew
September 28, 2011 - 16:10
Re: 2 side coin

thay are sill human not solgers

September 30, 2008 - 17:06

cloning humans is a rediculos idea. we are made how we are for a reason. thats why we have evolved this way. the natural was of reproduction should be the one and only way!

Reply to Ollie
constancia lopez de la rosa morales
October 02, 2008 - 17:36

u are stuuuuupid!!!

September 30, 2008 - 16:02

this is good for us to know more about it

September 26, 2008 - 11:15
more info

i am doin human clonin as a case study an i was wonderin if u ad any more info for me thnx ps.. i think its realli wrong it messin wid the clones head

September 25, 2008 - 20:16

i agree with pretty much everything you guys are saying but come on do you really believe that cloning to can really be stopped all that will have to happen is one great scientist finds away to make a perfect clone and present it and every one will fall for it forgeting all the other problems that comes later i for one am against it but look at the facts

Shit Face
September 17, 2008 - 14:53
Haman Cloning

I dont even no what human cloning is about but i think it is all a load of BOLLOCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!

Reply to Shit Face
October 27, 2008 - 09:05
Re: Haman Cloning

How ignorant.

September 11, 2008 - 01:47

I wold like to know more about cloning and am looking into the subjest but i still have some questions:

1. if the human clone lives pasted the age of a toddler and the person(s) in charge of the clone had high expations of the cone of a deceased person what would the stress leavles be?

2. will coning research lead to other findings such as individual orgain cloing?

thank you

Sweden Valentine
September 03, 2008 - 06:49
Human Cloning

I have mch to say on this but I will be brief .Did the thought of the true essence of a being not come to mind with the experiments that were just for the sake of an experiment ? AND... Did not any of you scientists and doctors involved think to ask God ???

Reply to Sweden Valentine
December 03, 2010 - 01:45
Re: Human Cloning

This technology would save lives, therapeutic cloning that is, it is research into how to use it effectively, not for "the sake of an experiment." Also your magical make believe friend has nothing to do with science, and anyone who's argument is "cloning is bad because an ancient book that cavemen wrote says so" is completly invalid

August 30, 2008 - 00:51
about cloning

i studied about cloning, but i con't able get the cjear idea. so please say the answer, clear and detail idea of cloning

Reply to ramesh.j
Patrick Dixon
September 02, 2008 - 22:40
Human cloning

Well I think there is loads from me already from the links on this page about my thoughts on human cloning.

thriukonda keerthi
August 14, 2008 - 06:19
what is cloning

hi i am keerthi what is meant by cloning i want answer immeditatly

Reply to thriukonda keerthi
Patrick Dixon
August 14, 2008 - 09:51
Cloning is

Cloning is where a cell is taken from an animal or human and the nucleus is combined with an unfertilised egg from which the nucleus has been removed, in order to create an egg which starts to divide to create (if it survives implantation in the womb) an identical twin of the animal or human from which the cell was taken. Lots more on about this. also see my YouTube videos on human cloning

Reply to thriukonda keerthi
August 22, 2008 - 00:35

it means everything and nothing at the same time

Reply to thriukonda keerthi
murali krishna+
November 27, 2008 - 13:15
Re: what is cloning

it means like a mirror image of aperson or an animal by using genetic engieneerihng

July 29, 2008 - 13:01


Patrick Dixon
August 01, 2008 - 15:03
Please can you translate

Sorry I do not speak Chinese - would you mind for sake of other English speaking readers to give us transkation of what your wrote. Is it just your name?

September 14, 2008 - 15:36

not sure how helpfull this is because I'm pretty sure this is in the wrong order but i took the time to find an online translater and this is what it gave me.

If I earlier knew has been good, because I must attend class with ``

that was all

Reply to
Patrick Dixon
July 25, 2008 - 21:42
Playing God?

Thanks Malissa - well a lot of people would agree with you that human cloning and similar research is an abuse of our stewardship of the earth's resources and a poor use of science.

Reply to
Patrick Dixon
July 28, 2008 - 11:09
Cloning comments

Please post whatever you like here - arguments for and against cloning etc.

Join the Debate! What are your own views?



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