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Should humans be cloned A Time Magazine poll March 10 1997 reported that 74 of those asked believe it is against Gods will to clone human beings President Clinton has banned federal funds from being used for human cloning research stating that Any discovery that touches upon human creation is not simply a matter of scientific inquiry it is a matter of morality and spirituality as well Each human life is unique born of a miracle that reaches beyond laboratory science But others argue in favor of continuing human cloning research of continuing to clone human embryos and perhaps cloning adult humans in the future Some arguments in favor of human cloning might include the fact that cloned human embryos would make research into genetics and genetically related diseases and their treatments or preventions much easier and cheaper Cloning embryos could also facilitate the process of in-vitro fertilization since the collection and replacement of ova is often painful and traumatic and can be unsuccessful Embryo cloning is also seen as a potential treatment for infertility when in-vitro fertilization is not available such as when parents are infertile or when one or both parents harbors a genome coding for certain undesirable traits or diseases or if the parents are homosexual couples Cloned embryonic tissues might be used for the replacement of lost or diseased tissues Also see Threatened Bans on Human Cloning Research Could Hamper Advances in the Journal of the American Medical Association April 2 1997 vol2771023-1026 and Reproduction Research Held Back by Diffuse Rules Charged Politics in The Scientist March 17 1997 vol11 6p1-6 Adult cloning might appeal to those who desire childrenadults who are genetically identical to themselves or genetically identical to someone who they love or admire There may be many other personal reasons why parents would want their children to be genetically identical to someone who is a non
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