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On February 24 1997 the world was shocked and fascinated by the announcement of Ian Wilmut and his colleagues A press release stated that they had successfully cloned a sheep from a single cell of an adult sheep Since then cloning has become one of the most controversial and widely discussed topics The issue that gets the greatest focus is human cloning and there has been an onslaught of protests and people lobbying for a ban on it However there is a real danger that prohibitions on cloning will open the door to inappropriate restrictions on accepted medical and genetic practices Therefore the banning of cloning is unjust The most popular objection to human cloning is the assumption that science would be playing God if it were to create human clones This argument refuses to accept the advantage of biological processes and to view the changes of the world Religious objections were once raised at the prospects of autopsies anesthesia artificial insemination organ transplants and other acts that seemed to be tampering with divine will Yet enormous benefits have been gathered by each of these innovations and they have become a part of humans daily life The issue of playing God has already arisen when a doctor selects a patient on a waiting list for transplant and leaves others to die and when the doctor puts their patient under life support whenever they are in coma or they are near death The moral issue of cloning is similar to the past issue faced by the society such as nuclear energy recombinant DNA and the computer encryption There have always been religious and moral objections to new technologies and changes merely because they are different and unknown to humans The public not only worries about science playing God but also fears that the cloned childs autonomy and individuality will be reduced because it will have the same DNA as another person One of the more eloquently
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