Group 4


No Clones Allowed!

Cloning: an organism or cell or group of organisms or cells, produced asexually from one ancestor or stock, to which they are genetically identical. . . From reading this definition of cloning does not sound like that big of a deal. Although this not exactly the type of cloning we are talking about. Cloning we are discussing is the term the is commonly used to refer to a procedure known as somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT). In 1996, this procedure was first used to create Dolly the Sheep.

Why do we disagree? Well, 96-99 percent of cloning attempts usually result in death, deformities, or severe health problems. Cloning also reduces the genetic variability. This in turn creates a population that is identical to each other. Since there is no genetic variability, it allows for viruses to wipe out the entire population. The populations would not be able to grow resistant to the different bacteria and viruses that drastically effect them. Cloning is also extremely inefficient and unpredictable procedure that devalues lives. Every life if precious and should be treated with respect, whether it be animal or human.

So . . . Whose side are you on? Condemn the clones or condone the clones?

About Cloning:

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