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Should cloning for human benefits or even human cloning itself be allowed in society today We all know of the famous lamb Dolly who was the first lamb to be cloned from an adult cell The formation of Dolly raised many peoples fears for the future of human cloning Before proceeding to deal with the question of human cloning a more basic concern needs to be addressed Some for example may be asking Why would anyone want to clone anything in the first place but especially sheep Sheep can be genetically engineered to produce a certain human protein or hormone in its milk The human protein can then be harvested from the milk and sold on the market There may be other benefits to cloning technology For example reprogramming the nucleus of other cells such as nerve cells could lead to procedures to stimulate degenerating nerve cells to be replaced by newly growing nerve cells Nerve cells in adults do not ordinarily regenerate or reproduce This could have important implications for those suffering from Parkinsons and Alzheimers While we have established that animal cloning may be permissible and even scientifically useful what about cloning humans Harold Shapiro chairman of the Federal Bioethics Advisory Commission sees no problem with it Himself a twin he feels there are much scarier technological issues to deal with today than the ethical advisability of producing twins in a laboratory According to an article by Barry Came with Sharon Doyle Dreidger Shapiro believes that this entire affair is going to end up producing a lot more benefits than costs Shapiro quoted in Came Dreidger 59 When thinking of cloning humans most people think of the movie Gattaca in which DNA determines everything from the persons looks to what job heshe will hold Dr Gerald Klassen a bioethicist and a professor of medicine at Dalhousie University in Halifax points out that We have the idea that doctors are particularly
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