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The Question of Clones Term Paper
Pages 8 (2008 words)
Name Instructor Subject Date The Question of Clones Throughout history, it has become held as a common truth that every time something new comes into being, the society at large will inevitably divide itself into those who are in favour of it, and those who would oppose it.
But perhaps no other topic in the past two decades has been as heavily debated and has strongly divided the opinions of people as the subject of human cloning. Human cloning is the concept of creating genetically identical copies of a human being through artificial means. Although the idea had been a serious area of discussion for scientists since the 1960s, it was not until 1997 that the debate truly took off with the birth of Dolly, the world’s first successfully cloned sheep and proof that recreating an entire creature from a piece of tissue was possible. Dolly’s successful birth fuelled intense debate as it became clear that clones were no longer restricted to the realm of science fiction but rather were now a reality for the near future. With animals having been successfully cloned, it would only be a matter of time before the technology to clone human beings became possible. The question of ethics has always come into consideration regarding new technology or inventions, but the subject of cloning is one that has drawn a significantly greater amount of debate and argument. The critics primarily disapprove of cloning primarily due to moral and ethical reasons. The advocates of cloning, on the other, primarily cite the various medical advancements that cloning could provide. ...
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