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Ethical Issues on Human Cloning

“The end justifies the means,” according to Niccolò Machiavelli. After Dolly the sheep was cloned in 1997, series of attempts to clone other kinds of mammal emerged. The cloning technology has continued to progress that even human cloning came close in estimation. But even if scientists either say it is plausible or it’s already happening, some still suppose that it is unethical and hazardous.

The film “The Island” is set in the year 2015 when Dr. Merrick has been secretly keeping human clones. Human cloning is a major breakthrough in science, which scientists believe to bring ultimate solution to health problems. Human cloning has different types, one of which includes the act of duplicating one’s genetic make-up by extracting the somatic cell nucleus of a donor, and transferring it to an enucleated egg cell of another donor (UNESCO, n.d.). The developed cell is grown in the laboratory until it becomes an embryo and a capable human being.

Scientists contest the benefits that human cloning may bring to the society: infertile couples would be able to have their own child, human stem cells would be available, heart and other diseases would be treated, breast implants and treating kidney and liver failure would be possible, etc. (Smith, n.d.). With human cloning it would be possible to reverse the aging process and thus prolong life. This feat signifies the end where science and technology is leading (CNN, 2000).

However, human cloning has raised a lot of concerns to the critics in the most part of the

It is imperative.’ Life is something that should not be played about. No two same people. In the movie. Clones are human beings too. “… No human being should have their complete genetic make up pre-determined by another human. who may unfortunately suffer psychological dilemma and identity crisis in the future. regardless of being a clone or not. that every life must be protected. Clones have life but they lack originality. Egg donation. Yet where should we draw the line? Which right should be protected now? . 1999). The movie shows that through technological advancements perfect genetic clones can be made. is invasive.world. which is mainly to protect humans be it real or a clone. would adopt in the exact same manner given the same set of stimuli. it is terribly demoralizing that clones are destined to supply the needs of their donors when the former themselves are also human beings except that they were generated artificially. as well as in the transferring of the clone to the uterus of the foster mother-to-be (Logston. then. and can cause side effects according to an article in the Nature magazine. It is also not right to cheat the given laws as these laws are there for a reason. Human cloning can be unethical and dangerous: the procedures in obtaining oocytes. too. the manner of which clones were summoned and laid to their final rest is repugnant and inhuman.” the Church of Scotland claims. It is also appalling to see how human morality is ignored because of the prospect of saving lives and scientific advancements when the code of ethics humans themselves concocted is simply tossed aside. However. It is against the human ethics to ‘play God. painful.

This implies the freedom of the clones from discrimination. imagine the chaos when one’s clone appears next to him/her or when they live together. Human cloning serves as a tool to achieve aid in medicine and to improve the lives of the people. However. does the end justify the means? . Would humanity teeter on the brink of human cloning? We must choose for the right if not the best reasons in pushing through this activity. as well as their opportunity to explore the world that humans have enjoyed. the ethics questions the actual essence of morality itself and how humans in general might not be prepared to accept cloning as of yet due to the reactions in the movie. Would it not cause confusion? In the movie. which shows that the mores of the society has not necessarily been involved in it. At the end of the film Lincoln Six Echo and Jordan Two Delta freed all the other clones that were confined in the institute. We should treasure the human life and accept that everybody dies.” In the end. However. but not to the extent that they must be used as instruments to defy time and even death. Human cloning is illegal in some countries in Europe and most of the society is not ready to accept it. Cloning was never heard of before. such activity requires great amount of money and is thus impractical.All these medical techniques that are introduced to people may serve the purpose of improving one's health and consequently life. Furthermore. One should write on the seal: “Clone responsibly. the chance of getting the activity done successfully and without depending on numbers of trials is too small.

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