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Posted November 1, 2008 at 10:20 PM via web

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Is cloning good or bad?

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msskinner | Elementary School Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 25, 2008 at 10:18 AM (Answer #2)

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Many scientist believe that cloning will help increase the food supply in many nations.  They feel that cloning meat is a good thing because it gives you protein without having to kill the actual animal. The proteins are believed to be unaltered and harmless.

BUT, people who are against it feel that it is un-natural and disgusting.  A tumor is protein but how many will eat one? Also, cloned animals have been prone to genetic defects.

It is my personal belief that the government will allow cloned products, especially meats.  We may all end up eating them without knowing it since there are no laws on the books requiring the full disclosure of natural or cloned meat.

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enotechris | College Teacher | (Level 2) Senior Educator

Posted November 25, 2008 at 10:18 AM (Answer #3)

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Technological breakthroughs are a double-edged sword.  The benefit usually is apparent immediately; the drawbacks may take some time to discover.  Consider the steam engine -- the device that launched the Industrial Revolution--and created air pollution.  Consider the Internet -- unprecedented ability to communicate and disseminate information -- and create social isolation.  In the case of cloning, the benefits appear at hand -- increased food supply, tissue and organ regeneration, to name two obvious ones.  Will the drawbacks include an even bigger population explosion, because there's more food, and will my cloned heart, kidney, or lung fail without warning?  In short, there are variables we don't know about, and unfortunately will have to stumble upon through the emergence of the problems these technologies create. Such is the price of progress.

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linda-allen | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted November 25, 2008 at 10:23 AM (Answer #4)

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I agree with #3. Just because we are capable of doing something doesn't mean that we ought to go ahead and do it. I have to admit that while it scares me, cloning also fascinates me.  The potential of growing new organs for transplant from your own cells somehow "feels" more humane than using a cadaver organ. At the same time, I fear tampering with nature so much. We don't know the long-term consequences. Could we have a time when whole humans are cloned to be living organ donors? Ugh!

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frizzyperm | College Teacher | Valedictorian

Posted November 26, 2008 at 9:04 AM (Answer #5)

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Cloning is neither a good thing or a bad thing. Is does not contain any inherent morality. Many people like to say things like, "Guns don't kill people, people do" thereby highlighting the moral neutrality of the gun itself. In the same way, cloning is not good or bad. It is us who are good or bad and us who must decide what to do with our ability to clone.

We could artificially advance average intelligence, thereby creating a society of rational tolerant people (something we desparately need). This would be a good thing.

We could grow made-to-measure organs and limbs for patients who need them. This would be wonderful and is already happening.

We could clone your cat because you're sad that it died, this would be trivial but harmless. 

We could offer parents the chance to select their children's character and appearance (probably in exchange for money). This would create massive inequality in society (which we have anyway) and would be morally unpleasant.  

Or we could create an army of super-physical thoughtless grunts who kill without question and have all sorts of built-in, instinctive loyalties to their leader. This would be a bad thing.

But probably, capitalism will grab hold of it and make trillions of dollars with morally grey, cloned products of all types. This would be typical, it is what we normally do.

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enotechris | College Teacher | (Level 2) Senior Educator

Posted November 27, 2008 at 4:39 PM (Answer #6)

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"The fault is not within the stars, it is within ourselves!"  What we do with this technology will be determined by what individuals decide what is "moral" for themselves.  Maybe some will see it as an abomination of nature to have a cloned organ.  So be it.  They won't have to buy one.  Business will certainly drive the process, since it will supply what is in demand, but whatever "morally grey" areas that are created will only be so when people decide how to use the technology, and others disapprove of that method of useage.  Certainly, creating an army of grunts through malgenics would threaten individual rights, and the appropriate government response is to forbid that, since government, when working, is supposed to defend rights. 

Eugenics, on the other hand, has less of an argument--who wouldn't want to see the race improved?  (but now we're into "The Wrath of Khan...."  and guaranteed there will be pitfalls along the way, but that's no reason to not do it.)

Hopefully, cloning will continue to develop without moral objections, and the useage and development of such technology will remain and individual choice, as moral choices can only be, as only individuals can assign a value.  

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alohaspirit | Middle School Teacher | (Level 2) Assistant Educator

Posted December 1, 2008 at 9:33 PM (Answer #7)

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Cloning can be beneficial when it comes to cloning specific cells and organs to help with growing transplants, but when it comes to cloning a full being that can be dangerous.

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frizzyperm | College Teacher | Valedictorian

Posted December 2, 2008 at 2:23 AM (Answer #8)

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Should we clone Mahatma Ghandi?

If we could isolate the piece of genetic code which made Ghandi such an incredibly strong and peaceful activist for Universal Human Rights and Pacifism... should we include it in everybody's genetic make-up?

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dtv | Student | eNoter

Posted December 2, 2008 at 3:56 AM (Answer #9)

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The problem is whether that slice of genetic code would actually do what it was meant to do.  Much of our character comes from our enviroment.  How can we know whether his genetics were responsible, or whether his faith caused his incredible traits, or whether it was a combination of several enviromental factors and several sections of DNA.  Even if so, many other people must have possessed the "Ghandi Gene", and there are no other activists who are as well-known as Ghandi.  

But if the gene was found, and it worked, that might be a good idea.  

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frizzyperm | College Teacher | Valedictorian

Posted December 2, 2008 at 4:39 AM (Answer #10)

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But if we found the genetic codes for a wide range of 'good social behaviour' and program the human race to be good, doesn't that mitigate the moral value of being good. Are we not in danger of creating some 'Stepford Wives' false-utopia.

Don't we need the free to be bad in order for good behaviour to have meaning? 

Or is 'bad social behaviour' equally genetic and therefore we were never free to choose in the first place?

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dtv | Student | eNoter

Posted December 2, 2008 at 1:46 PM (Answer #11)

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Yes, you have a choice of whether to be bad(of course, some say that we have no free will, but that is another matter entirely). Implanting everyone with the Gandhi genetic sequence would stop many evil things in society, but it would not change us fully. Some people would have other positive attributes. Some would accept it differently, because the Gandhi gene was probably affected by the environment in which he lived. It would not function in the same way for everyone.

Would you support changing everbodies's DNA with a gene that increased intelligence? It would not mitigate the value of being intelligent. New levels of intelligence would crop up as the gene mutated. The Gandhi gene would do the same. Anyway, considering that the gene did not mutate, humans would develop new standard of morality. Evil might be considered stealing a handbag, which now is just bad. Wouldn't it be a good thing to slow the rate of murders, muggings, and other crime?

-DTV

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linda-allen | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted December 2, 2008 at 2:21 PM (Answer #12)

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But would a clone of Gandhi have the same moral character as Gandhi. That's the unknown factor. Could the clone possibly turn out to be a radical extremist, based on his upbringing and the society into which he would be born? Is it only the physical attributes that get duplicated, or do intelligence, memory, and wisdom get copied over to the clone as well?

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dtv | Student | eNoter

Posted December 2, 2008 at 6:21 PM (Answer #13)

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You are right. Gandhi's character had much to do with how he was raised. A Gandhi clone would have to be raised in an environment much the same as Gandhi was. Even the smallest detail could change him. Chaos theory states that even small changes have large and unforeseeable outcomes- and in a system as complex as a human life, chaos is particularly noticeably.

-DTV

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frizzyperm | College Teacher | Valedictorian

Posted December 3, 2008 at 6:54 AM (Answer #14)

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"Is it only the physical attributes that get duplicated, or do intelligence, memory, and wisdom get copied over to the clone as well?"

Intelligence is predominantly a physical attribute. It can be nurtured or stunted by the environment obviously, but the brain's ability to process is described genetically. It is perhaps the most rapidly evolved part of the human genome. Once early hominids managed to slowy rise to a certain level of proto-human-intelligence, then suddenly, *pow!*, brain size rocketed and average intelligence evolved incredibly quickly. This was because Big brains proved to be a great survival tool. The clever ones flourished much more easily than the stupid ones, creating a natural selection of intelligent genes over and over again through the generations.

If you clone a person you will clone their 'blank slate' brain. Personal memory is not genetic. We don't store our memories with DNA, so our clone will not possess our personal memories. The same is true for personal wisdom, wisdom is based on experience, not DNA. If I am cloned, my clone will not know anything about my life or my name or who I love, or anything like that. It will be a different person.

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dtv | Student | eNoter

Posted December 3, 2008 at 1:55 PM (Answer #15)

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Large brains were not that big of a bonus to early humans. They take up lots of blood and energy. The only major bonus they grant is an increased intelligence. Intelligence is not so useful in a hand-to-hand fight with an angry lion. Large heads became a bonus only when intellect advanced enough for us to start to use basic tools.

Of course, Gandhi was not born with his memories intact. I wonder how much his memories effected his later life.

-DTV

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frizzyperm | College Teacher | Valedictorian

Posted December 4, 2008 at 2:15 AM (Answer #16)

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DTV @15 "Large brains were not a big bonus to early humans. Intelligence is not useful in a hand-to-hand fight with an angry lion. [it was] only when intellect advanced enough for us to start to use basic tools."

My 'large brain' is confused. As far as survival of the fittest is concerned, Intelligence picked the lion up by the neck, said, "bad kitty" and turned it into a nice hearth rug. The benefits of expanding intelligence were immediate and direct.

Imagine the following advantages intelligence can bring...

1)The oft-mentioned 'tool-making skills'...

while the stupid monkey would desparately kick and punch the lion, then die. The clever human rams a long, sharpened wooden spear through the lions ribs, and lives. Or wounds it with an arrow at 25m.

2) Thinking, imagination and planning.

First dig a deep pit, cover it, put meat on top... later, stand over the pit laughing like a hyena at the stupid lion below.

3) Communication

"Ugg! lion in long grass there, get spears and men, wind blow this way, put fire in grass there, lion come out there, we all stab lion and any other animals. Hur! Hur! Good Dinner tonight!

4) Education

 "watch and remember, hit these two rocks like this over dry grass ... "

Intelligence whupped the lion's butt while whistling a merry tune. At no stage was a larger brain a hindrance or neutral object.

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dtv | Student | eNoter

Posted December 4, 2008 at 4:27 AM (Answer #18)

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Do you know how much work goes into a simple tool?  The "simple" spear requires stone knapping, some kind of twine to connect the head to the shaft, and a bark-stripping knife to strip the bark from the spearshaft.  A bow and arrow requires more- and the bow is useless if the lion is behind you, or you miss, or if you hit the lion somwhere where the lion will not be killed.  

A big brain is not an advantage until you have the technology to go with it.  Until then, it is adventageous to the lion chewing on your leg.  

-DTV

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dtv | Student | eNoter

Posted December 4, 2008 at 4:46 AM (Answer #17)

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Tool-making skills are not only possessed by humans.  Chimpanzees use sticks in the wild.  Studies show that bonobo's can learn to be taught to make stone tools (see this article), and the crow can fasion hooks out of wire so that it can reach food(see this article).  

The Florida Scrub Jay is actually capable of planning its own actions (see this article).  It has been known to hide food in one place, if being watched by another crow, then move the food to a different location.

I can't figure out how communication is a unique attribute of humans.  Almost all species of animal communicate. 

Education- how did you think that birds learned to fly, or chimps learned to pick termites out of termite mounds?  

To be continued-I exceeded the length limit. 

-DTV

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sostrowski | Elementary School Teacher | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

Posted December 8, 2008 at 7:31 PM (Answer #19)

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Cloning is definitely not a good development.  We should leave human nature how it naturally develops on its own.  If we genetically altered clones and developed people to be exactly what we thought we wanted them to be, there would still end up being problems, just other ones than what we were trying to avoid.

Also, a world cannot grow and develop if it is full of genetically altered, 'perfect' people.  The way we learn from our surroundings is by having to deal with conflict and growing from the difficulties we deal with.  If we make a world full of 'perfect' people, we cannot grow and develop the way we are meant to, the way nature intends.

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dtv | Student | eNoter

Posted December 10, 2008 at 2:36 PM (Answer #20)

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Is it even possible to make a "perfect" person?  People are so much affected by their surroundings that a people would still have different characters.  It would be nearly impossible to create a race that is identical to one another mentally.  You would have to put everyone through the same experiences, with the exact same genome, with little to no human contact.  

But if you could do that, I agree with you.  It would be highly unethical.  

-DTV

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frizzyperm | College Teacher | Valedictorian

Posted December 11, 2008 at 1:23 AM (Answer #21)

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We wouldn't be able to make 'perfect' members of society through cloning, but we might be able to remove some of the anger and violent tendencies that plague our world. We might be able to dramatically reduce depression and improve IQ. Wouldn't it be great if we could raise the average emotianal intelligence of society? I would dearly love to see a more emotionally healthy world and if cloning can contribute to that then I see no reason to refuse to consider it. I think it would be a very ethical thing to make the human race more civilised. But it will take centuries to spread the technology completely. And it is not without risk, which is why we need to do more research.

These things are worth investigating. Done properly, they need not be unethical.

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Posted December 11, 2008 at 12:47 PM (Answer #22)

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This seems to be only a question of morality.  Cloning has many pros, but it also has some cons.  Some people see cloning as an act against their religion, so in many areas it has been made illegal. Then again, what happened to the separation of church and state?   Cloning does create some genetic problems, but if the clones are being used as food or other useful things, then it can be quite beneficial.  The choice is really up to the individual.

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kdepasse | Student , College Freshman | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 12, 2008 at 7:50 AM (Answer #23)

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Cloning can be beneficial when it comes to cloning specific cells and organs to help with growing transplants, but when it comes to cloning a full being that can be dangerous.

   I completely agree here.  If cloning is absolutely necessary to save a life, and it is the last possible solution, then it should be considered.  Otherwise, I don't see the need-and feel it is unethical and just strange to clone a full being. Just because we can do something doesn't mean we have to. 

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neela | High School Teacher | Valedictorian

Posted June 10, 2009 at 12:47 AM (Answer #24)

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Eduction makes a thief better thief. So we can not stop education.On the other hand we need study properly the consequences and control the negative side.

Nobody wishes to fight with his own clone. But when the clone is coming  of use to fight with our own ills and defects why not use it positively.

A new knowledge should never be aborted .

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snowynov | Student , Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 2, 2009 at 8:26 AM (Answer #25)

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1) Inproving IQ and EQ, etc

then won't it be a perfect example of inequality in society as only the rich are able to afford to clone (or rather in this case not exactly clone but to alter genes, design babies) children designed for success... Rich gets richer poor gets poorer, a widening income gap and possibly a segegation of society with with more superior designer babies vs the imperfect creation of nature.

2) Who are able to decide who to clone?

With the same technology, we can clone a newton or a Hitler...(depending on who uses it) Indeed, environment takes a huge part, but do we dare to take the risk, for curiousity?

3) Potential lives cost

In the 277 attempts to create Dolly the Sheep, 276 of the sheep died before adulthood, at the embroyo stage, as a ewe... What would become of humans? To create and kill(?) deformed babies and embroyos...

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enotechris | College Teacher | (Level 2) Senior Educator

Posted November 7, 2009 at 9:27 PM (Answer #26)

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...not every zygote gets to be President.  Sorry.  Cloning and abortion raise the same moral objections.  So the same answer rebuttal applies: If you don't like it, don't have it.  I wonder how many of those, who have scruples about cloning, when faced with the immediate choice of living or dying, would refuse the man made organ.

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nidhishafull | Student , Undergraduate | eNoter

Posted May 24, 2011 at 10:22 PM (Answer #27)

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Ever since Dolly, the first cloned sheep came into news, cloning interested the masses.There has been a constant curiosity in society about how could cloning affect the common man's life. There are various pros and cons of cloning for mankind and its society.

Pros of Cloning

  • Cloning body parts can serve as a lifesaver. For example- When a body organ such as a kidney or heart fails to function, it may be possible to replace it with the cloned body organ.
  • It can prove to be a solution to infertility. Since, it has the potential of serving as an option for producing children.
  • Can also prove helpful for the researchers in genetics. They might be able to understand the composition of genes and the effects of genetic constituents on human traits, in a better manner.
  • Cloning can enable the genetic alteration of plants and animals. If positive changes can be brought about in living beings with the help of cloning, it will indeed be a boon to mankind.

Cons of Cloning

  • Cloning created identical genes, which hampers the diversity in genes. This in turn, weakens our ability of adaptation.
  • It also makes deliberate reproduction of undesirable traits. Technical and economic barriers will have to be considered, while using it for organ transplants.
  • Cloning will put human and animal rights at stake.
  • Cloning is equal to emulating God, which is certainly against nature.


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trophyhunter1 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted May 28, 2011 at 9:33 AM (Answer #28)

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I think cloning can be beneficial to produce organs used for transplant. Cloning certain plants for beneficial characteristics to use in agriculture has been done for generations. Cloning particular genes to use in gene therapy is a great idea.

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ilikeschoolcuzimcool | Student , Grade 9 | Honors

Posted June 5, 2011 at 12:02 PM (Answer #29)

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depends on your morals =) but i think bad

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saibear | Student , Grade 10 | eNoter

Posted June 7, 2011 at 7:10 AM (Answer #30)

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i wud say cloning is a bad thing cause that clone might use your identity to do a whole set of bad stuff.eg.aning and others.

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minjung119 | Student , Grade 10 | Honors

Posted June 12, 2011 at 4:56 AM (Answer #31)

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bad

[in my opinion]

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hkabir08 | Student | eNotes Newbie

Posted June 23, 2011 at 1:43 PM (Answer #32)

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hkabir08 | Student | eNotes Newbie

Posted June 23, 2011 at 1:46 PM (Answer #33)

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Many scientist believe that cloning will help increase the food supply in many nations.  They feel that cloning meat is a good thing because it gives you protein without having to kill the actual animal. The proteins are believed to be unaltered and harmless.

BUT, people who are against it feel that it is un-natural and disgusting.  A tumor is protein but how many will eat one? Also, cloned animals have been prone to genetic defects.

It is my personal belief that the government will allow cloned products, especially meats.  We may all end up eating them without knowing it since there are no laws on the books requiring the full disclosure of natural or cloned meat.

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dynahlit | Student , Undergraduate | eNoter

Posted June 27, 2011 at 9:21 PM (Answer #34)

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Bad, cloning is like making copies of the original DVD or VCD

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superbass77 | Student , Grade 11 | eNoter

Posted July 12, 2011 at 1:48 AM (Answer #35)

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I think that as we get more advanced in the things that we do, more dangers and risks start to arise. I think that cloning is bad because it goes against a lot of people's beliefs, and it defeats the way a lot of things work. If its for a small thing like cells, then its okay, but if your going to clone a heart or something i think that it can be very dangerous.

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zarghamenotes | Student , Grade 10 | Honors

Posted July 20, 2011 at 12:28 AM (Answer #36)

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Cloning is definitely good if it is in the safe hands.As per the law of nature, everything has some advantages as well as some disadvantages.If technology has made us to invent it then with the help of some of the best brains we can use it for the development of this world.

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lovepeacea | Student | Salutatorian

Posted July 21, 2011 at 8:57 AM (Answer #37)

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It is neither Good, Nor bad

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anzhela1 | Honors

Posted July 22, 2011 at 4:34 AM (Answer #38)

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I think messing with nature is always bad, and sometimes does not end good.
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shaznl1 | High School Teacher | Salutatorian

Posted July 31, 2011 at 9:45 AM (Answer #39)

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Cloning some things could be helpful to our human society like the starvation. However, many people think cloning is bad first because it is not natural, second because terrorists could use the cloning technology as a weapon and the human society could be fighting more and more wars. Moreover, we don't know what would happen to the cloning products yet. Many cloned animals have been proved to have genetic inabilities and disorders, this genetic cloning could even resulting in new animals, if the experiment went wrong, it could also "invent" new animals that would probably hurt the human society, or even worse, destroying it. It looks like impossible, but the cloning industry grew very fast throughout the last few years since many countries think this is the way of fighting short food supply and most of all, make the country look stronger.This technology may continue to grow fast, if not prohibited, to cloning humans, which I think has reached a point where it starts to be bad. Cloning humans are a bad choice for the society and would cause chaos if the research is not prohibited. It is very hard to only prohibit one way of cloning since who knows what the terrorists would be doing in their "labs".I'm not a supporter of cloning since of its potential dangers and unknown outcomes. I think we should completely stop cloning right now. I'm not a religious person but my friends, who are Christians, think that cloning is a violation of god

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ash742154 | Student , Undergraduate | eNoter

Posted August 10, 2011 at 2:50 AM (Answer #40)

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Many scientist believe that cloning will help increase the food supply in many nations.  They feel that cloning meat is a good thing because it gives you protein without having to kill the actual animal. The proteins are believed to be unaltered and harmless.

BUT, people who are against it feel that it is un-natural and disgusting.  A tumor is protein but how many will eat one? Also, cloned animals have been prone to genetic defects.

It is my personal belief that the government will allow cloned products, especially meats.  We may all end up eating them without knowing it since there are no laws on the books requiring the full disclosure of natural or cloned meat.

I agree with you.

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hpus12 | Student , Grade 10 | Salutatorian

Posted August 17, 2011 at 10:54 PM (Answer #41)

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Cloning is a highly controversial topic these days. Many scientists consider cloning a vital step in the advancement of medicine. And then there are many others that are opposed to cloning because of the moral ramifications.

 

 

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zellyyung | Student , Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted August 21, 2011 at 9:59 PM (Answer #42)

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I hav no idea

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enimsaj1996 | Student , Grade 9 | eNoter

Posted September 4, 2011 at 8:52 PM (Answer #43)

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its debatable and much up to personal beliefs and opinions. It also depends on how these clones are treated... are they assimilated into society, this can have negative impacts such as descrimination and increased population.  Or are they genetically grown for science, tjis could be a violation of human rights. It also needs to be taken into account if these clones are like us, in that they have a deeper entity in them. Can they love? do they have a concious? I reccommend you rent the film " Never Let Me Go" It's fairly recent and covers this topic. It leaves you thinking at the end if they are really like us as they seem to be quite robotic and do not rebel, only obay. It's a good flick... check it out!

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upendradhungana | Student , Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted September 7, 2011 at 1:12 AM (Answer #44)

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if cloning can help us to make the person who have same thoughts and ideas  like of the man whose gene is cloned.then cloning should be used to produce genious persons like newton,einstien,hawking etc.,it will help to develop science and d world.

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emalonzo914 | Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted September 8, 2011 at 2:55 PM (Answer #45)

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       There some benefits people get from cloning technologies. Who would not want to produce larger farm animals, better yielding crops, plant-made antibodies to treat cancer and other types of diseases? Cloning can also be used to generate tissues and organs for transplants. Recently endangered or extinct animals can also be revived using this technology.

       The bad side of cloning is that it's expensive and most of the cloned animals have poor immune function and die early.

 

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parkourfreak | Student , Grade 9 | Honors

Posted September 13, 2011 at 8:28 PM (Answer #46)

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There are inherent dangers in almost anything. For me the biggest potential danger is the black market of organs which go for thousands of dollars. Could there come a time when humans are clones and 'grown' specifically for the exploitation of their organs. Refer to this website for a shocking story of a young teen who sold his kidney for an iphone and ipad.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/apple/8552195/Chinese-teen-sells-his-kidney-for-an-iPad-2.html

 

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ella301 | Student , Grade 10 | Salutatorian

Posted September 18, 2011 at 12:09 PM (Answer #47)

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Cloning is good, because a person with organ disease may not find the perfect organ donor match but if you clone them use the clones organs.

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missyanyan | Student | Honors

Posted September 23, 2011 at 4:18 PM (Answer #48)

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Cloning reduces the variations of a species and could result in abnormalities in reproduction.

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agoddard123 | Elementary School Teacher | eNoter

Posted October 11, 2011 at 11:18 PM (Answer #50)

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Cloning is a very dangerous concept. To even fathom this concept goes against the true functioning of a unique human being and nature.  Cycloning is not natural and may bring upon many dangerous aspects in the scheme of living.  Cycloning is such an action which must be dealt with care and great concern.  When people look into the aspect of cloning is it for selfish or scientific reasoning? Either way the outcome cannot be for the betterment of society. The issue of cloning tends to be a very personal and individual view.  Handle this issue with care.

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patelmilia98 | Student , Grade 9 | Valedictorian

Posted October 14, 2011 at 7:44 AM (Answer #51)

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its bad i think

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projayjay | Student , Grade 9 | eNoter

Posted October 19, 2011 at 9:38 AM (Answer #52)

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Cloning isn't good nor bad. It depends on the situation. If you clone the best soldier there is in the world many times and you make an army to conquer the world, that would be bad. However, when you lost a loved one, and if you clone him or her, that wouldn't be so bad.

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gur1209 | Student , Undergraduate | eNoter

Posted October 20, 2011 at 2:20 PM (Answer #53)

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Cloning, a new aspect of science, could be a boon or a bane depending upon its application and use. No doubt, it is tempering with Nature or against Nature. It's quite difficult to decide if it's ethical or not. Providing a man with new organ in the place of his/her old, lost, injured one is a service to humanity, but making another self as a copy of the original one, i think, is not right. it can cause havoc. who can afford to have another Laden or Gaddaffi?

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idiot101 | Student , Grade 11 | eNoter

Posted December 1, 2011 at 8:59 AM (Answer #55)

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i think its good, beccause it just menas that were developping in the sciences department, i feel it will lead to other scientific discoveries as science moves along!

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zerokloppy | Student , College Freshman | Honors

Posted December 5, 2011 at 5:47 AM (Answer #56)

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We have been cloning things for a long time now via plant cuttings.

The stereotypical "grow in a lab vat" cloning that one normally would think of isn't all that viable yet, though.  I like the idea of cloning - but only to a certain extent.  I don't think people should ever be cloned, as there are a multitude of issues that may come with that.

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aabbeir | Student , Grade 10 | Honors

Posted December 7, 2011 at 3:07 AM (Answer #57)

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Depends on you point of view. If you are ultra- religious, it may not seem such a good idea, but from a scientific view its good.
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marykate30 | Middle School Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 18, 2011 at 5:14 PM (Answer #58)

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I think animal cloning is just another way to reproduce desired stock, a human practice from the dawn of history. If it was affordable and my gelding proves to be a signficant endurance horse, I’d clone him in a minute.

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ngyunhui | Student | Honors

Posted December 23, 2011 at 12:24 PM (Answer #59)

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Cloning is a highly controversial topic these days. Many scientists consider cloning a vital step in the advancement of medicine. And then there are many others that are opposed to cloning because of the moral ramifications.

The real reason that cloning is explored is because of the possibility of using organs from clones to give to other people that desperately need it. This idea is known to some as “organ farming”. This is one of the reasons that cloning should not be explored. Humans will be created for the sole purpose of using their organs for other people who need them. This creates an “inferior race” and shows the clones as nothing more than tools for society.

If people could clone and have their offspring look exactly like them, then many would choose this instead taking a chance with a partner. This turns the miracle of creating life with a partner seem as if it were completely unnecessary. Babies can be made at will, and there will be no happy surprises when the baby is born. It will look exactly like its parent.

 

 

  
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bhav2508 | Student | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 27, 2011 at 10:58 PM (Answer #60)

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clonig is not really good because we donot know if the genetic variant is fully safe for us. The variant could be advantageous in 1 aspect but harmful in other aspects.Its dangerous aspect may become evident after a few generations.They could also pose a threat to our ecology. Cloning could be used by selfish an unscrouples people who would not be ready to follow the cloning guidelines and safety measures.

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adittya | Student , Grade 9 | eNoter

Posted January 14, 2012 at 8:11 PM (Answer #62)

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Both.... If u want to be on the good side then the cloning can be used for good, and if u want to be on the bad side u can use it for evil purposes........thus it depends upon the person who clones the substance.........

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minmin4112 | Student , Grade 11 | eNoter

Posted January 24, 2012 at 2:23 AM (Answer #63)

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good as you can clone a genetically superior species

 

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farrytales | Student , Grade 9 | eNoter

Posted January 25, 2012 at 10:13 PM (Answer #64)

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its good

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aznboy578 | Student , Grade 9 | Valedictorian

Posted January 26, 2012 at 7:25 AM (Answer #65)

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It depends why you are cloning for good or bad? And who or what you are cloning.

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anveshanushka | Student , Undergraduate | Salutatorian

Posted February 6, 2012 at 1:09 PM (Answer #66)

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Cloning has already been used for thousands of years to help people. The simplest form is by using cuttings from a plant and planting them. The cuttings will form a genetically identical separate plant. The problem with this method may be that a genetically identical crop can be wiped out by an introduced disease, whereas a genetically variable crop would stand a chance against it. Moreover  when an organ is transplanted from another person, the body will react to it as a foreign object and naturally will try to reject it. The transplanted organ also has chance of failing faster than a normal organ. If they could clone their own heart, lung, liver, kidney, eyes, ears, etc. they wouldn't have to worry about medications, rejection, or being on a seemingly endless waiting list. They could live normal lives. This does not involve having to clone an entire human being for organ "harvesting". Experiments are being made where entire organs are being grown by using special stem cells (that don't necessarily come from fetal tissue) which differentiate into any cell when given the right chemical directions. Perhaps the biggest reason that cloning should never be explored is because of where it may lead society.If there are people that need organs, then there are always donors. Or we can find other ways, such as somatic stem cells. If cloning is a step onto advancements in medicine, then the world is better staying ignorant.

dolly was the first sheep to be cloned .....!!

 

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asmathwiz | Student | Honors

Posted February 11, 2012 at 9:26 AM (Answer #68)

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both. Depending on the situation. The cloned might be disfigured, and that would be bad. If humans eat the cloned, then we might be having chemicals pumped into our body. That would be bad too. That's why we should eat organic, and don't eat cloned animals.

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arnav001 | Student , Grade 9 | Honors

Posted February 13, 2012 at 7:46 PM (Answer #69)

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In my opinion its useless as it removes individual uniqueness among the people and we may just end up increasing the population for nothing.

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ashleyblowes | Student , Grade 9 | Honors

Posted February 19, 2012 at 11:59 AM (Answer #70)

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good

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alilion | Student , Undergraduate | Salutatorian

Posted March 6, 2012 at 2:07 AM (Answer #71)

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cloning is wrong..

 

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ritz-books | Student , Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 18, 2012 at 12:12 PM (Answer #73)

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Cloning to me seems the unnecessary utilization of scientific knowledge and resources. Why would we seek to multiply ourselves? Are there not 7 billion people on the planet already? Instead of using resources to clone ourselves, we must use it our tools to develop path-breaking medicines and cures to diseases that ail our world.

And besides, wouldnt you want to be the Only type of YOU in this world?

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