Human Cloning

How does human cloning affect the society?

What is human cloning?

Human cloning is the creation of a genetically identical copy of an existing or previous existing human. Scientists could use cloning to produce the exact copy of a single cell and would have the same DNA sequence (Marzilli, 2007).

Important facts you have to know about human cloning

  • A human clone would begin it’s life as an infant, no matter how old is the original person (Fresh, n.d.).
  • Great Britain is the only country that cloning can be done, but for medical purposes only. (Fresh, n.d.).
  • A clone is not an exact copy of the original person. Clones have their own personality, character, intelligence, and talents. (Infoplease, 2000)
  • The first mammal to ever be successfully cloned was Dolly the sheep in 1996.(Fresh, n.d.).

Advantages

Human cloning benefits the society in many ways.


  1. The technology helps couples that are having problems with infertility have a child that has the same DNA as them. (Quinonez, 2014, May 26)
  2. Parents who have lost a child could clone them and have their child back. This would also go for someone who lost a family member.
  3. Some people also see human cloning as a way of avoiding deleterious genes that runs in the family. (Quinonez, 2014, May 26)
  4. The cloned human can be used for genetic research for treatment of a life-threatening disease. (Quinonez, 2014, May 26)
  5. Also, organs could be cloned from the person’s tissue and used as a transplant. This would effectively eliminate the waiting list of people who need the organs to live.

Disadvantages

There are also many of people think human cloning is simply wrong. They believe we should follow the law of nature.


  1. When creating a form of genes, there is a risk of developing a new disease. (Fresh, n.d.).
  2. If people simply clone a person who passes away, human will devalue the life they have.(Fresh, n.d.).
  3. People who are cloned are viewed differently from the others, which bring racism to the society.
  4. Cloning a human is just expensive and it's currently at a low success rate.(Fresh, n.d.).
  5. Peoples believe that cloning a human is equal to "playing god".(Fresh, n.d.).

Suevey

We did a survey to see opinions of the society towards human cloning. Our targets are

students and young adults. These are our target group because by the time human cloning is actually going to happen in the society, and then these age groups are more likely to be cloned and have impact on.


The questions include:

  1. Do you think human cloning is an exact copy of another person?
  2. Do you think a clone is considered as a human being?
  3. What is the most serious problem or impact you think human cloning technologywill bring to us?
  4. In your opinion, do you think we should clone a human? Why or why not?

The result shows there is a couple of debatable questions such as do you think human cloning is an exact copy of another person and do you think a clone is considered as a human being? Also the majority of them do not support human cloning for variety of reasons, and for the people who are supporting human cloning, they think it should be only used for scientific reasons. Relating back to our question, how does human cloning impacts the society, the primary result shows human cloning mainly shows a negative impact to the society, for example, some of the people might consider them as human, and some people way not, which creates social issues.

Reference list

Fresh, J. (n.d.). 12 Disadvantages And Advantages Of Human Cloning. Retrieved November 20, 2015, from http://thenextgalaxy.com/12-disadvantages-and-advantages-of-human-cloning/


Marzilli, A. (2007). Stem cell research and cloning. New York: Chelsea House.


Quinonez, N. (n.d.). The Pros and Cons of Cloning: Is it Worth the Risk? (2014, May 26). Retrieved November 20, 2015, from https://blog.udemy.com/pros-and-cons-of-cloning/


Pros and Cons of Reproductive Cloning. (n.d.). Retrieved November 21, 2015, from http://humancloningproject.weebly.com/pros-and-cons-of-reproductive-cloning.html


What is cloning? (n.d.). Retrieved November 21, 2015,

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