Monday, September 27, 2010


Cloning, Yes or No? From the archives of A few years ago, a little boy was sleeping quietly one night in his room. Suddenly, during the middle of the night, the boy woke up horrified. His house was on fire. He called for help, but no one heard his cries. The firemen finally came and dragged him out of his burning home. The boy, who once looked like any normal child, was now severely burned beyond any possible normal recovery over 90% of his body. His ears and cartilage were permanently damaged. It was later found out that the father was the arsonist who started the fire, and actually wanted to kill his son. Now that little boy is scared for life. But what if there were some way to be able to grow a new ear and nose, and skin to help him get back to normal? These advancements are possible through genetic cloning. Many people hear the word cloning, and become so appalled that we would ever think of such a thing. They believe that we are not to play God, by growing body parts and organs just for research. Genetic cloning is a very sensitive issue, both ethically and religiously, however, the medical and psychological advantages outweigh the few. Many religious groups are up in arm about the idea of cloning, especially the thought of using embryonic tissue to help in the process of cloning. The main way that the doctors get the embryonic tissue is when a baby has either died, or has been aborted. The thought of human cloning has brought up one main issue, about how we as humans, are not to play God. Only God can do that! The type of cloning that dr c discussed is dealing with the issue of purely cloning individual body parts and organs that are useful for transplants on people that are in serious need. A more specialized term for this is therapeutic cloning. Professor Ruth Chadwick, the chairwoman of the international Human Genome Organization (H.U.G.O) subcommittee on cloning, says, There should be no attempt at reproductive cloning - that is the producing a genetic ˜copy of a human being. Research on the use of cloning technology to produce particular cells and tissues, for example, skin, nerve or muscle, for therapeutic transplants should be supported(Spinks). we cant understand the feelings of certain groups that believe that what some people are trying to do is wrong, by trying to change the natural process of the way things are supposed to be. How are we going to know how far we are supposed to go, and if we do go to the limit, will we stop there? Some may think that we have already gone too far. There is the belief that God planned it to be a certain way, and that we should not interfere.

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