i'll leave it to others to argue against it because of the "playing god" aspect, but i don't think we should because it would be cruel and immoral to submit another human life to the status of someone's clone. how could a person live happily knowing that they were genetically created from someone else? his or her entire life would be a certain type of experiment. i really couldn't imagine what that would do to a person mentally nor to those of us who would condone such a world.
this is always an interesting topic to me, though. :-)
No because you know as well as I that someone somewhere will get their hands dirty and ruin that whole "controlled" concept. Money will end up a reason in the end and then we'll start seeing all these Oprahs and Tom Cruises walking around. lol
I am a strong believer in requiring appropriate maturity for developing new technologies. Kind of like deciding at what age children should be entrusted to more advanced or dangerous toys and equipment.
Nuclear technologies are a good example. As a society, we obviously have and continue to lack the appropriate maturity for handling that technology. We blew up a city, have polluted a number of environments testing nuclear weapons, had a lengthy arms race (that still continues), have not yet dealt with how to manage nuclear waste, almost destroyed the world with them (and still could), and wage wars over who has them and who we don't want to have them.
People die every day because they have inadequate facilities for defecation, which requires only primitive technology. People die all the time for diseases we have been able to manage for hundreds of years. People die of starvation. I don't think we have the maturity, or necessarily deserve, advanced technologies such as genetics or cloning. They are dangerous tools and we still act like a child. It'd be like giving the kids in the Lord of the Flies bazookas.
I think cloning would be a mistake. We need variety in the gene pool to survive as a species. If people could ... what? ... order babies that look like their favorite TV star then we'd lose a lot of that variety and it would be bad for everyone.
The most practical use for cloning that I've heard of is "replacement parts" - but then we have to say clones are not human or less human in order to treat them like that. In that case, I'd have to oppose it as immoral.
Identical twins are a kind of natural clone of each other. Controlled cloning could be achieved easily by causing the blastocyst to split into two right after conception. This would likely be best achieved outside of the womb under tightly controlled conditions if this was to be artificially done. We are already, (In China at least) pre-selecting the sex of children before birth and aborting the females. There are other screenings being done too, primarily for genetic disease. The question should we allow controlled cloning is a moot point considering that some cloning of humans has already been done and is the focus of some scandal post action.
They have successfully cloned animals. I don't see why they shouldn't try cloning a person depending upon who they clone.
Well how could you decide what would happen to them assuming they are not in stasis the whole time. If it was an experiment where they never reach conciousness then I agree.
Well, research the cloned animals. They seemed fine with the process and criminals have usually been used for science projects. A volunteer would be extremely helpful.
Cloning attempts on animals have required hundreds of attempts before having a viable animal. Many failures die painful deaths. Even successful clones have inferior genetics.
The cat CC has not been seen as faulty. She is years old and even had a litter of kittens.
Most clones have genetic faults, serious enough that most of them are never born or die young. Even successes could have poor genetics. CC required ~260 attempts. Dolly ~270. Some of those failures are moms with miscarriages or dead newborns.
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