If you were given the opportunity to clone yourself, would you allow scientists to complete this process? why or why notIf you were given the opportunity to clone yourself, would you allow...

If you were given the opportunity to clone yourself, would you allow scientists to complete this process? why or why not

If you were given the opportunity to clone yourself, would you allow scientists to complete this process? why or why not

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pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I do not think that I would do this.  I do not see that there would be any purpose to it.

I do not believe that cloning would make another actual me.  It might make another person who is physically the same as me, but it would not be me with my experiences and my personality.

Besides, even if it were the same me, what good would it do me?  As I get older and my body breaks down, I can't just transfer into a younger clone of me.  When I die, my soul won't just go into that other body.

So I see no point in it -- it's not going to let me live any longer or better.

I guess if they told me there was some major medical breakthrough that could be achieved by using stem cells from my clone, sure.  So if cloning me would be a huge help to humanity, okay.  But that's the only reason.

booboosmoosh eNotes educator| Certified Educator

It didn't take long for me to make a decision on this one. I have a long way to go before I'm perfect, but I am unique, and I appreciate this. Soul searching and trying to make improvements along life's journey are things I consciously do in order to find satisfaction, and to better understand others. If I mess up, it's on me. If I do well in one area or another, I enjoy a sense of accomplishment.

As I work to figure out more about myself and be my best, I don't want another one of "me" running around. Certainly, it would never really be me—the sum of my feelings and experiences, anyway.

I think I would pass. Interesting question!!

trophyhunter1 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I think it might be interesting to have a clone of myself. However, thehome environment my clone would be raised in would differ from mine and that would result in a different me intellectually, in terms of personality and spiritually.  That said, a clone could be a great way to get spare parts as mine wear out. But, that would mean the clone was worth less as a person than I am. Therefore, I think it would be a mistake. However, I am totally up for cloning just spare parts instead of the entire organism. That would be great and would extend the life expectancy of the person getting those ideal replacement parts.

kiwi eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I think we have enough means of creating life which our planet is struggling to sustain at present. If we can think on a global rather than a personal level there are ways in which the planet tries to balance itself, and we keep defying these natural limitations at the expense of all of our futures. It would be great to focus on what we are given rather than what we can take.  I realise that it is hard to think in these terms - I have had loved ones lost to disease beyond the help of science at present - but artificial creation to sustain life is not a decision we should be making.

brettd eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Clone the full me?  No.  I don't believe we should pursue some technology just because "we can", or because the advancement is achievable.  I can't see another benefit of cloning an actual me, other than scientific curiosity, which is, to me, a really bad reason to cross this frontier.

Clone my kidney?  Muscle tissue?  Sure.  This can have a direct and profound affect on my health and life expectancy, and solves the issue of organ donors and transplant rejection.  I think that technology shows amazing promise.

accessteacher eNotes educator| Certified Educator

No way. There is only enough space on this planet for one me - any more and it just wouldn't be fair on the rest of you. No, seriously, personally I have very strong objections to cloning. We are all made as individuals for many different reasons, and for us to play god in such a way would be very scary as well as potentially dangerous. One of the reasons we are all made different is so that we can have a range of genes and differences to ensure the survival of the race.

clairewait eNotes educator| Certified Educator

As my first daughter gets closer to 4, I often wonder if cloning is even necessary.  It is scary how genetically similar she is to BOTH my husband and me.

I find the idea of cloning full humans to still be too science-fiction to imagine in the future.  It seems dangerous to me, for us to be dabbling in something that is Nature's job.  And I fully agree with post #8.  How would the copied human feel?  I just wonder if life could possibly be normal for that person.

amy-lepore eNotes educator| Certified Educator

No.  I make enough mistakes on my own...we don't need two of me walking around.  I do understand the benefits of being able to clone organs and tissue for medical purposes, but to clone an entire human being is too much like FRANKENSTEIN and playing God.   Humans are meant to be created in the old fashioned way...egg meets sperm and nine months later...not through cloning and DNA alteration, etc.

howesk eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Personally, I'd be too afraid that my clone self would have a different personality than my true self, thus creating a lot of mischief. Imagine sending my clone to do my bidding and then having her stir up some conflict at work. Yikes! If I could create an android, though, to do my bidding like grading papers and teaching misbehaving classes... I might consider it!

Lori Steinbach eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Not for anything. I'm not much, but what I am is uniquely me. While I am undoubtedly having an impact on my small sphere of influence, I'm not doing so much that having another one of me would be a great benefit to the world. Aside from that, I just think cloning is not a wise or an ethical practice.

lrwilliams eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I see no reason why I would allow scientists to clone me. If there were some medical benefit from it I guess I might consider the idea, but not even sure I would then. The whole idea of cloning seems a little on the sci-fi side of things, not sure where it fits in ethically.

devampness | Student

My personal opinion about cloning is rather positive, as I think that cloning can help productivity of cattle, crops and possibly recreating loved pets.

But cloning myself, I think, is another matter to itself. I feel that humans like to be original and anyone to copy themwouldn't have a positive reply to their actions, as backed up by 'Copyright' and even small children fighting each other because one wont stop copying what the other says.

I like to be the only one of me, and like the fact that no one can possibly be exactly me... like a clone.

So, No... I wouldn't clone myself. For natural reasons like the thought that they could frame me in any sort of crime with evidence of DNA and such, or even because it would feel uncomfortable even being in the same room as it...

...Natural reasons.


suzy555 | Student

concerning me of course not! and why do I need to be cloned? am I the prettiest girl-most educated one-richest one-happiest one- make no faults? and even if the answer is yes then why didnt God creat many like me? cant He do it?of course He can . But if they can imitate my shape will they imitate my inner feelings and sences? I dont think so...To be cloned so they will have to let that cloned person live in the same place,environment,people,neighbours,friends and have the same life from a small child to a grown-up the same as me to let him be me! I think it's so complicated ,, and not a good idea in most situations and under any circumstaces.

a good discussion (^_^)

frizzyperm | Student

I would be perfectly happy to clone parts of me. For example, if I need a new liver, the most perfect donor would be me! So spare-part cloning is a wonderful prospect.

Cloning humans is something that nature does; identical twins are an accident of embyology and identical twins are clones, but they are not 'the same person twice'. If I cloned myself, it wouldn't be me.

I could sympathise with parents who have lost their child and wish to have a 'do-over', but even then, I think this would not be not morally responsibly. Cloning humans would not be fair on the clone, they would always have the sense of being a xerox-copy of another person, they would have problems with their sense of identity.