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Cloning Unethical or Scientific Breakthrough Society has always scorned the scientific threat to peoples firm beliefs and the laws of nature From the rejection of the heliocentric theory to the opposition of birth control prominent institutions have constantly attempted to suppress the advancement of science Now the prospect of human cloning is challenging peoples sacred beliefs about reproduction and life In February of 1997 the announcement of Ian Wilmuts successful cloning of a sheep named Dolly has revealed the possibility of cloning a mammal and ultimately a human This success has also sparked an onslaught of moral and ethical debates about cloning Religious bodies and lawmakers adamantly disprove the moral and ethical implications of cloning humans These critics view the physical duplication of a person as a threat to human dignity individuality and rights However a ban on cloning would be foolish because cloning presents potentially valid medical uses while the moral and ethical implications are clearly unlikely in a modern society In turn a ban would actually threaten peoples right to utilize science and the valuable benefits of cloning to improve their lives Therefore the apparent benefits and applications of cloning prove that the government should not ban cloning in order to prevent its vague and highly speculative implications This widespread and controversial debate about human cloning is a result of the successful cloning of an adult cell into a fully functioning organism Though some attempts successfully cloned plants and lower forms of life Wilmuts successful cloning of a mammal presents the possibility of cloning humans The actual process of cloning produces a genetic copy or replica The procedure Wilmut used to produce Dolly involved removing the nucleus from the adult cell of an organism and placing it into an egg that had its nucleus removed Harris 4 Then scientists placed the embryo into a uterus until the mother carried the embryo to full term Though this procedure seems
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