Pros And Cons Of Cloning

Addressing Human Cloning

By: - Science - September 21, 2011
pros and cons of cloning addressing human cloning

Cloning has been a topic that has brought about great controversy over the past decades.  Many people were shocked to hear of a sheep being cloned and seeing the sad tale of a sheep that did not live as long as had been expected.  However, though this was one sad tale, the fact is that there are pros and cons of cloning.  Regarding cons, one has to look as well at the human cloning cons.

When it comes to the pros and cons of cloning, let us first look at the combined pros and cons, including human cloning cons.  Firstly, cloning can provide backup supplies of organs to replace damaged or no longer functioning ones.  Secondly, cloning may help solve infertility, reproducing preferred traits versus not so desirable ones.  Thirdly, cloning may assist in genetic research, giving a better understanding of the ways in which genes work, their constituents and their composition.  Fourthly, cloning could assist in disease control and cures.  Fifthly, cloning could enable scientists to reproduce healthy organisms for use in health treatments.  Finally cloning may prove positive advances or changes that would help us improve our food supply.

On the other hand, when looking at the pros and cons of cloning, most especially the human cloning cons, the first thing that comes to mind is that it is possible in cloning to accidently alter genes to the point where they become abnormal or simple are missed and do not appear in the human clone.  Secondly, cloning is like photocopying and as with any reproduction, our ability as human beings to adapt may be altered or impeded.  Thirdly, cloning might detriment the beauty of human diversity.  Fourthly, cloning people or organs for inevitable transplants may result in less than cost-effective situations and even technical issues.  Fifthly, cloning humans may become a human rights issue.  Sixthly, cloning may go against your moral and ethical principles.  Seventhly, cloning may devalue human life.  Eighthly, cloning is without doubt not risk-free to people and the clones made could suffer immeasurable pain, discomfort, abnormalities and even psychological issues.  Finally, cloning is like playing God and for many of us, this goes too far.

Photo: Dolly, the cloned sheep of Scotland – public domain photo –