Attorney Legal Services
Boston Legal
Boston Legal Abc
Continuing Legal Education
Debt Settlement Legal
Free Legal Aid
Free Legal Contract
Free Legal Document
Free Legal Form
Free Legal Form Download
Free Legal Form Online
Free Legal Wills
Free Online Legal Advice
Gay Marriage Legal
Home School Legal Defense
Legal Age
Legal Aid
Legal Aid Society
Legal Aide
Legal Bud
Legal Contract
Legal Credit Repair
Legal Definition
Legal Document
Legal Drinking Age
Legal Drug
Legal Form
Legal Guardian
Legal Help
Legal Highs
Legal Information
Legal Issue
Legal Jobs
Legal Letter
Legal Malpractice
Legal Name Change
Legal News
Legal Notice
Legal Nurse
Legal Nurse Consulting
Legal Question
Legal Resource
Legal Sea Food
Legal Secretary
Legal Separation
Legal Services
Legal Software
Legal Staffing
Legal Teen
Legal Terms
Legal Transcription
Legal Wills
Online Legal Dictionary
Pre Paid Legal
Pre Paid Legal Services
Pre Paid Legal Services Inc
Prepaid Legal
Prepaid Legal Scam
Prepaid Legal Services
Street Legal




The Cloning Debate

By Peter Kennedy

Cloning is the process of creating an exact copy of the original, and recently, “cloning” refers to the replication of living humans and animals. Somatic cell nuclear transfer, as the process is called, involves removing the nucleus from an egg cell and replacing it with the nucleus from a cell of the organism to be cloned. In the past few years, advances have been made in both human and animal cloning. Scottish scientists famously cloned a sheep, and British scientists reportedly cloned a human embryo that survived for five days. Cloning is an extremely controversial subject that forces society to examine the proper limits of man’s control over life.

In 1997, Scottish scientists famously produced a female sheep, “Dolly,” using the process of reproductive cloning. Since that time, other scientists have cloned other species, including cows and rabbits. Most recently, scientists are attempting to reproduce humans through cloning. President Bush and the Republican party are strongly in opposition to human cloning. Conservatively tend to believe that life is a creation, “not a commodity,” and that human cloning would have a disastrous impact on the American moral fabric. In 2002, Congress introduced a bill that would ban human cloning in all forms, imposing a prison sentence and multi-million dollar fine on anyone who attempted human cloning. (The Ban on Human Cloning Act has yet to be passed.)

There are practical considerations to the cloning debate, as well. Most medical experts believe that reproductive human cloning would not produce a health newborn. Indeed, many scientists predict that cloning would produce harmful abnormalities in a baby’s genes. Many scientists and medical practitioners welcome the advance of cloning for individual human cells. This process, called therapeutic cloning, adopts the concept of cloning on a micro scale, to help regenerate broken or diseased body parts. Some politicians, such as Republican Senator Arlen Spector of Pennsylvania, support the idea of therapeutic cloning.

Critics of therapeutic cloning argue that the process should be prohibited, no matter how beneficial the practical applications may turn out to be. The most vocal critics of therapeutic cloning, mainly from religious communities, argue that the destruction of human life, even on cellular level, is a moral offense. These cells form the beginning of human life, and humans do not have the right to destroy life in order to create life. The creation of life, they argue, should be left to God.

The cloning debate lends itself to larger questions, including: Is it immoral to recreate life artificially? Does human life really begin at the cellular level? Should the government interfere with scientific advances that could benefit millions of people?

About the author:
OpineTree is a blog website that encourages debate on today’s most controversial political topics, including abortion, affirmative action, cloning, the death penalty, euthanasia, gay marriage, gun control, health care, social security, stem cells, as well as other debate topics. Visit http://www.opinetree.com/cloning.htmlto join the cloning debate.

Circulated by Article Emporium


  4NetParalegal.com Copyright 2006. All Rights Reserved.