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Cloning The possible physical damage that could be done if human cloning became a reality is obvious when one looks at the sheer loss of life that occurred before the birth of Dolly Less than ten percent of the initial transfers survive to be healthy creatures There were 277 trial implants of nuclei Nineteen of those 277 were deemed healthy while the others were discarded Five of those nineteen survived but four of them died within ten days of birth of sever abnormalities Dolly was the only one to survive Fact Adler 1996 If those nuclei were human the cellular body count would look like sheer carnage Logic Kluger 1997 Even Ian Wilmut one of the scientists accredited with the cloning phenomenon at the Roslin Institute agrees the more you interfere with reproduction the more danger there is of things going wrong Expert Opinion The psychological effects of cloning are less obvious but none the less very plausible In addition to physical harms there are worries about the psychological harms on cloned human children One of those harms is the loss of identity or sense of uniqueness and individuality Many argue that cloning crates serious issues of identity and individuality and forces humans to consider the definition of self Gilbert Meilaender commented on the importance of genetic uniqueness not only to the child but to the parent as well when he appeared before the National Bioethics Advisory Commission on March 13 1997 He states that children begin with a kind of genetic independence of the parent They replicate neither their father nor their mother That is a reminder of the independence that the parent must eventually grant themTo lose even in principle this sense of the child as a gift will not be good for the children Expert Opinion Others look souly at the child like philosopher Hans Jonas He suggests that humans have an inherent right to ignorance or a quality of separateness
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