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Thanks to Hollywood the American public is well acquainted with the concept of cloning But has the silver screen been a good teacher Films like Multiplicity Alien Resurrection and The Boys From Brazil have raised misguided questions about cloning Are clones zombie-like less-than-human copies Are they created as full-grown beings The answer to both of these questions is a resounding no For a clearer understanding lets take a closer look at the process scientists could use to produce human clones First an unfertilized egg is taken from a woman and its nucleus is removed Genes taken from another person are then placed inside the egg Chemicals are added and a spark of electricity jolts the cell into dividing and growing into a clone This is the process that gave us Dolly Since the DNA of every cell in the human body except spermatozoa and ova contains a complete genetic blueprint a clone would have the same genetic code as her identical parent and yet be fully human just as an ordinary twin has the same genetic code as her identical sibling and yet is fully human But this does not mean that cloning is a good idea It just means that if a clone were to be produced we must treat that clone with the same dignity and respect we are required to accord all non-cloned humans Will human clones have souls Of course they would For what makes you you is not your genetic code but your individual personhood Just as twins have the same genetic code yet individual bodies and souls a clone and her parenttwin would have the same genetic code yet each would have her own individual body and soul Numerous of remarkable benefits can come from cloning technology One of these is a treatment for infertility Infertility is caused by genetic defects injuries to the reproductive organs congential defects and exposure to
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