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Reasons against cloning human beings

Why cloning human beings means major health and psychological risks for the clones.

Here are three reasons why we should say no to human cloning - disadvantages:

1. Health risks from mutation of genes

An abnormal baby would be a nightmare come true. The technique is extremely risky right now. A particular worry is the possibility that the genetic material used from the adult will continue to age so that the genes in a newborn baby clone could be - say - 30 years old or more on the day of birth. Many attempts at animal cloning produced disfigured monsters with severe abnormalities. So that would mean creating cloned embryos, implanting them and destroying (presumably) those that look imperfect as they grow in the womb. However some abnormalities may not appear till after birth. A cloned cow recently died several weeks after birth with a huge abnormality of blood cell production. Dolly the Sheep died prematurely of severe lung disease in February 2003, and also suffered from arthritis at an unexpectedly early age - probably linked to the cloning process.

Even if a few cloned babies are born apparently normal we will have to wait up to 20 years to be sure they are not going to have problems later -for example growing old too fast. Every time a clone is made it is like throwing the dice and even a string of "healthy" clones being born would not change the likelihood that many clones born in future may have severe medical problems. And of course, that's just the ones born. What about all the disfigured and highly abnormal clones that either spontaneously aborted or were destroyed / terminated by scientists worried about the horrors they might be creating.

2. Emotional risks

A child grows up knowing her mother is her sister, her grandmother is her mother. Her father is her brother-in-law. Every time her mother looks at her, she is seeing herself growing up. Unbearable emotional pressures on a teenager trying to establish his or her identity. What happens to a marriage when the "father" sees his wife's clone grow up into the exact replica (by appearance) of the beautiful 18 year old he fell in love with 35 years ago? A sexual relationship would of course be with his wife's twin, no incest involved technically.

Or maybe the child knows it is the twin of a dead brother or sister. What kind of pressures will he or she feel, knowing they were made as a direct replacement for another? It is a human experiment doomed to failure because the child will NOT be identical in every way, despite the hopes of the parents. One huge reason will be that the child will be brought up in a highly abnormal household: one where grief has been diverted into makeing a clone instead of adjusting to loss. The family environment will be totally different than that the other twin experienced. That itself will place great pressures on the emotional development of the child. You will not find a child psychiatrist in the world who could possibly say that there will not be very significant emotional risk to the cloned child as a result of these pressures.

3. Risk of abuse of the technology

What would Hitler have done with cloning technology if available in the 1940s? There are powerful leaders in every generation who will seek to abuse this technology for their own purposes. Going ahead with cloning technology makes this far more likely. You cannot have so-called therapeutic cloning without reproductive cloning because the technique to make cloned babies is the same as to make a cloned embryo to try to make replacement tissues. And at the speed at which biotech is accelerating there will soon be other ways to get such cells - adult stem cell technology. It is rather crude to create a complete embryonic identical twin embryo just to get hold of stem cells to make - say - nervous tissue. Much better to take cells from the adult and trigger them directly to regress to a more primitive form without the ethical issues raised by inserting a full adult set of genes into an unfertilised egg.




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Jordan Hollinsworth
April 25, 2016 - 23:56

I am also against human cloning, due to the fact the cloning process used on Dolly. Taking the the nuclei of a cell and putting in the egg from a mother. Not only do we not have enough eggs for this practice, but to harvest them from woman could cause harmful effects to their bodies like them being unable to reproduce in the future and in some cases death. We should consider not cloning humans, unless we find a safe way to do so.

January 08, 2016 - 05:12

Cloning for sure is a very bad idea we were all made by one GOD scientist now believe dere exist no GOD but forget to asked them selves who were de first couples ever to multiply yet knowing not dat dey came n met very thing, for wat so ever u can think of can exist but always believe its not ur doings but GOD. X XXXX TINA-ice.

June 11, 2015 - 18:04

Only you believe there is a God can control the world.
If you can clone many Gods then there is no real God in this world.
This will against superior power if they believe there is God.
Since we believe the experiments result why against the truth.
We can cure many sickness, such as cancer.
We can make many super brain can live longer, too.

May 26, 2015 - 12:36

I am against human cloning. I think it would mess up our already abused society, and make things impossible. After all, our bodies would be the same..But wouldn't our minds be different?

March 22, 2015 - 02:07

Im for animal cloning but against human cloning.

March 15, 2015 - 09:28

I agree, cloning is wrong!

March 14, 2014 - 15:00

Honestly, this is silly willy

January 24, 2013 - 00:57

Unsure but it is in us of course we are made in the image of God so god has giving us the right to rule at are own risk and choice wekill ppl we can save a life.

January 25, 2011 - 11:09

Cloning is cool

October 19, 2010 - 11:34

I agree that cloning is wrong. personally I think its just a waste of time. We can be curing someones mom or dad or child of cancer, but instead we're wasting our time on stupid things such as cloning ourelf.

May 14, 2010 - 08:01

human cloning is wrong and should not be done.Alot of things could go wrong and than scientists would have a lot of work to do.cloning could be bad for humans. And is not right araist god

November 05, 2008 - 03:25
Me First!!

Can I volunteer to be the first human ever cloned?

Reply to thomas
September 04, 2010 - 05:00
Re: Me First!!


October 30, 2008 - 20:48
right on

cloning is cool as

Reply to Pieter
bob saget
November 04, 2008 - 09:07
Re:right on

wow your just sooo insightful peiter you must be a genius or sumthing.

October 22, 2008 - 17:07

Human cloning is just a way to work around god to be a co-creator of human life with him. this is wrong becuase the clone is just a copy of someone that already exists. why would you want to waste your time on something that already exists instead of creating something new?

Reply to brittney
March 15, 2014 - 19:20

Good point, but only the body would look the same. In other words it'd be an entirely different person. Sort of like how fraternal twins look the same, but they're different people.

October 21, 2008 - 03:54
i agree

i agree with human cloning although it is against nature or religion, it can save lifes and can be beneficial in the future.
i dont see why it is disturbing. and i think it would be quite interesting.

Reply to mellisa
May 26, 2015 - 12:39

It would not really save lives, it would only bring another version of the person who is being cloned. Though I can agree with it being interesting. I still think it would cause confusion.

October 08, 2008 - 09:28
human cloning

i think it's man's highest disrespect for god for any scientist to emback on the cloning of human beings.why should anybody tamper with human life in such a mockin these scientists not have anything else to think about other than to challenge god by altering human content.please tell them this is not fair to god.

Reply to nduka
August 28, 2013 - 10:21

what god?

September 18, 2008 - 12:28

It is Disturbing

Maribeth P. De Alday
August 10, 2008 - 21:22

Im agaist human cloning

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