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Cloning: Is this a bad idea for the human race?

Cloning, at the moment, is most commonly used in the food industry as it can be used with both plants and animals. Cloning is used to create high yielding herds of animals, especially high yield dairy herds. Cloning is an effective process for plants as you can be certain of their characteristics and can speed up the process of germination if the plant is naturally very hard to sow. It could also be used to save endangered species. Would it be a good idea to use cloning for humans?

Cloning human body parts could be incredibly useful for people who have lost or have a diseased limb or organ and need a replacement. It could also be used for infertile people who wish to have their own children.

Many people think that we shouldn’t clone humans; the first reason being is that it has not yet been perfected for other mammals and has an incredibly low success rate of around 5%. Most of the mammalian reproductive cloning experiments resulted in miscarriages, stillbirths and life-threatening anomalies- some scientists suspect that no clones are ever fully healthy. Many have said that cloning or creating another human just so it could be farmed for body parts is incredibly immoral. No person should be born to die. This could be avoided by growing extra human organs in the bodies of pigs’. To prevent the human body rejecting these organs, human genes have been inserted into these pigs. Another issue with cloning people would be that if one person was susceptible to an illness, all the clones of this human would also be susceptible to the same illnesses; just like cloning plants.

When you clone humans, it will be an exact physical copy of the person as it will share the same DNA. However, this means that physical individuality will be erased and the only way to differentiate between the original and the clone would be their personality. However, the clone and the original could never be the same age even if there’s only a minuscule difference in their ages.

Life would be unfair for the clone as they would most likely live in the shadow of the original and always being compared to them. But similar circumstances can occur with twins, or siblings or just people that look similar. Having clones may begin to breach a basic human rights issue. Some people may want to use clones to build a workforce or an army to fight their battles and do their work. However this removes their freedom and right of choice, which all humans should have access to.

All in all, we believe that we shouldn’t be cloning humans. This is because it’s likely that this may cause unfair tyranny and worsen discrimination between humans; just when we are starting to be accepting towards everyone.

 By Leanne and Iqra