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Human cloning: who is cloning humans and arguments against cloning (2007)

How human clones are being made - for medical research. Arguments for and against human cloning research. Why some people want to clone themselves or even to clone the dead (and not just cloning pets).

Why investors are moving away from human cloning and why human cloning now looks a last-century way to fight disease (2007)


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Should we ban human cloning? Arguments against cloning

Here are three reasons why we should say no to 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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Blue
November 01, 2014 - 14:15

To "In every advanced technology humans make there's an equal consequence it maybe be good or bad. Weigh things first, if cloning has more advantages than cons, then maybe it only means we have to go for it." I agree. Like when we were trying to learn about our world, and what it's made up of, we discovered the atom. In 1905, Albert Einstein wrote the mass-energy conversion equation. And Sir James Chadwick, a student and co-worker of Lord Rutherford, in 1932, discovered the third fundamental particle of the atom, the neutron. This would provide an ideal projectile for splitting the nucleus of the atom. These steps helped to create the atom bomb, even though the research was meant to further our knowledge of the universe. There's going to be people who turn something wonderful or helpful, into something destructive. But if we let this stop us, we will never move forward. Yes, cloning has 'bugs' right now, but in the future they'll be worked out. Cloning can help save lives. Why would you prevent that? To this question, don't explain it with religion, because I too, am religious, yet cloning, I feel, is not against religion. Give it a chance before you condemn an idea. Give cloning a chance to prove it's worth before you lash out in protest. Think about it. If it helps more than it harms, can it really be that bad?

Trinity Heckathorn
October 22, 2014 - 17:08

What are all of the cons of human cloning???

Xander
October 02, 2014 - 07:54

I think cloning is only good in the medical field for science reasons.

Scott
August 20, 2014 - 01:50

I am a clone, are you all saying its wrong that I was made?

Scott
August 20, 2014 - 01:48

I am a clone, are you all saying its wrong that I was made?

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Lorenzo
November 11, 2014 - 09:21

Clones are not real and if they are we will find you and exterminate your population.
NO MORE CLONES!
NO MORE CLONES!
NO MORE CLONES!

nancy cullen
December 05, 2013 - 08:52

no no no no cloning should never be done on earth

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jing xung li
August 27, 2014 - 20:20

exactly

beth
September 09, 2013 - 18:53

when someone you know or love dies, its best you let them stay that way, no matter how much you miss them.

beth
September 09, 2013 - 18:53

when someone you know or love dies, its best you let them stay that way, no matter how much you miss them.

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asedf
February 18, 2014 - 12:49

Agreed

the great cornholio
January 09, 2013 - 22:13

cloning would be ok if people would categorize them as blood related family. I would love to have a clone brother, I could show him all the cool stuff to do and he would get me. what ever I would say he would think im top dog. sadly if he had a mutation I dont know what to do with him. and btw if the mother had a clone then the father would keep in mind that its wrong to do things to his daughter (even if its a clone) THe clone would see it differently and would look at the husband like a father figure rather then her twins husband.

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john
March 04, 2013 - 13:09

shut up u are wrong

abbu
January 04, 2013 - 12:56

Banning cloning is a good idea because if it is.only for life saving than that is fone

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breyana
May 01, 2013 - 11:05

there is no e in wrong but ur statement is so ture

xyz
December 18, 2012 - 08:39

don't think that human cloning is legal,its ethically and morally
wronge

Patrick Dixon
November 09, 2012 - 12:12

Thanks everyone for all your comments - an important debate. I know many of you are reading this page because of a college assignment or project - do feel free to post here a summary of what you have written for others to benefit from.

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Michael Nancarrow
October 20, 2013 - 03:53

This is funny, people are getting so annoyed by others comments and yet they don't even know how to spell half the words they are incorporating into their comment.

Furthermore, cloning is not wrong; it is very good, it is just what people do with it that is wrong. We should not clone animals or humans, cloning should be used to help replicate organs and cells to ensure that we, as humans, can live better lives. That's my opinion anyway.

arianna
November 09, 2012 - 10:10

this is wrong what do they think this is a horriable thing these peple ar epritty much say who care if a life form dies we saved another and this is what they think oh let me take what o want and the toss them away like there nothing those people belong in hell.

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Patrick Dixon
November 09, 2012 - 10:14

Well I think that many people reading this page agree with you.

Dave
March 05, 2012 - 11:10
Mostly misinformed

After reading the three points brought up in the article, I felt like I had to counter

Arguement 1: Health risks.

I fully agree with this arguement, it is immoral to clone humans considering the current state of cloning technology, but remember cloning through somatic cell transfer is still in its infancy.

Arguement 2: Emotional Risks

I am not trying to downlplay the trauma the cloned individual will feel, but theoretically it is the same as a child who has just found out his 'parents' adopted him. This theory can constantly be argued with, but at the end of the day, there will not be an answer until we clone a human and see how he/she reacts.
I say individual because the cloned human would be a person too, it may be a genetic copy of someone else, but will be an entirely different person with as many similiarities as identical twins.

Arguement 3: Abuse of technology

Every person who is pro-cloning agrees that this is not in fact an arguement against cloning, but simply a violation of human rights. Hitler, or any other person, could easily have done the same to naturally born people.

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Tonya
June 11, 2012 - 17:14
Re: Mostly misinformed

Think about how many times the bible has been translated. Then while you are at it think about how acurate our history books are. What we read is what the writer wanted us to remember. Who created the American Flag? If you think it is Betty Ross you need to Google it.
Though I believe in God, I also believe he gave us the intelligence to make ourselves better. And the means to do it. This is the best invention and we need to go with it.

iyzi
March 05, 2012 - 09:39
this is wrong in a right way

im sure they have good intentions but they might be killing the next president! they are murdering the next generation!!!! god did give us a body but he never wanted us to duplicate it!

death
March 05, 2012 - 06:50

cloning is amazin all u haters r rong init brap. haterz gunna hate.

LoloC.
February 14, 2012 - 19:31

how can you cite this?? LOL. it has good details for my bio project (:

adrian
February 11, 2012 - 13:34

havent any of you seen the 6th day?? wtf is wrong with you guys

NICK JOHNSON
January 26, 2012 - 10:59
cloning

i dont think cloning should be legal, its ethically and morally wrong

Blaze
December 18, 2011 - 13:11

I believe in cloning. It can help us in so many ways. If cloning were to be legal it would be a choice, an option, so if you're against it, fine it won't affect you if you choose for it not to. But if someone is dying and needs an organ, and they choose to clone an organ of theirs or they already have a clone of themselves completely healthy, then HELL, it's saving them! If you're religious and say that only God gives us the right to be healthy or not etc, then I would be slightly appalled but I respect your opinion. I do not believe God is real. How can you believe in something you CAN NOT see, hear, or talk to? For that matter, how can you believe in a BOOK. The bible can and was written by anyone and everyone who had a say in it. This is why I am a LaVeyan Satanist. It is not horrid and blood crazy like it sounds (thank you movies). It simply is: You are your own highest being in your life, you put yourself first and therefore by a means "worship" yourself. Because after all, if you do not love yourself you can not truly love others. By putting yourself as your own greatest being (in an non-conceited way) you are able to control and handle your life the way you should, and you are responsible for all your actions. Any "God" was created by someone, therefore you are in turn worshipping someone you do not know, so why would I do this? I wouldn't. You can say God created us this way and we shouldn't change it, but I'd have a few simple but harsh words to say to your "God" then. He's quite loving isn't he, with all the blood and hate and diseases and cancer etc? Worship your God all you please, but Cloning is the Future and it WILL happen one way or the other.

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jesus
November 07, 2012 - 12:52

this is good bro but....

Anon
September 29, 2011 - 03:13

There is nothing wrong with cloning.

booobooo
September 21, 2011 - 04:48

hello (: ilove clonin ;)

kk
August 24, 2011 - 23:27

In every advanced technology humans make there's an equal consequence it maybe be good or bad. But in the case of cloning human its totally wrong but if its therapeutic cloning it may save thousand lives. Especially, those who have been in a drastic accidents or those lives are at stake. Weigh things first, if cloning has more advantages than cons, then maybe it only means we have to go for it. Just dig deep.

god
July 05, 2011 - 06:31

this is wrong. i will smite you sll

Reply to god
Reality
May 10, 2012 - 09:17

God doesn't exist. Deal with it!!!!!

Yuki
February 16, 2011 - 18:41

Cloning is totally wrong!

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God
March 09, 2012 - 09:05

Gross!!!

femaleobiwan345
January 06, 2011 - 07:46
armies

if we could clone humans we could take dna from an athlete or someone and make countless soldiers. we would never run out of armies.

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Phelaan
October 05, 2011 - 03:50
Re: armies

what if someone evil gets hold of the formula for making clones, they could make armies turn on us?
it would be good, to a certain extent. but not all good.

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xoxo
October 08, 2012 - 18:09
Re: armies

We would never run out of armies???....really.....Why would we even need armies then. if one country could clone soldiers, so could the others. Hellooo????

bh
December 15, 2010 - 17:15
cloning

me, they also said that we would never reach the moon.. if we had walked up to a scientist from centuries ago and said that we would be flying in metal birds, and walking on the moon he would have said thta it's physically impossible and have us admitted to a mental hospital. so, in theory im not going to say thet its impossible, but if it does happen and the lifeform is sustainable i think that scientists need a HUGE raise in pay.

bh
December 15, 2010 - 17:11
cloning

i think you have an excellent point waveryder, and also if hitler had had cloning abilites he probably would have got his way, so i think that cloning humans is wrong in some cases for the wrong reasons, but when it is used to give a couple that is incapable of giving birth, then i think it's fine. and also if they can cure disease by cloning a cell of it and showing the body how to defend against that disease, then im all for it :)

bh
December 15, 2010 - 17:08
clones

i think cloning is a global issue, and could help alot of people be happy, or to save llives.

Lorii
December 14, 2010 - 16:30

if god didnt want us to clone he wouldnt have let us find out about it. right?

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aqsa khan
January 23, 2012 - 19:47
human cloning

God made marijuana does that mean we should all smoke it?

Sarena
December 10, 2010 - 12:31
cloning

Cloning is wrong.We should not clone people that can kill us

WaveRyder
December 08, 2010 - 21:24
Cloning

I am only 13 years old but I believe cloning is wrong. Who is to say that people will stop at cloning animals. I also believe that it is wrong and that its God's job to create people not ours. Also Hitler wanted to create the perfect race, think if he had our technology and he cloned what would he do? Do you really think cloning will solve any of our problems. Cloning a human will cost tons of money, money that could be used on other things

Reply to WaveRyder
HurHur
December 14, 2010 - 04:44
Re: Cloning

... God is not real.

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femaleobiwan345
January 06, 2011 - 07:56
Re: Cloning

hey dont say that hurhur god is real the bible is proof

Reply to WaveRyder
jewel
July 18, 2011 - 02:45
Re: Cloning

,, yah u hav the point...

brad beesly
November 16, 2010 - 10:46
clones

i disagree with clones

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femaleobiwan345
January 06, 2011 - 07:59
Re: clones

that is so detailed.

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braeden Nuse
January 18, 2011 - 10:01
Re: clones

and who says the bible is real?

Bobby
November 16, 2010 - 08:50

Cloning humans won't make them animals, that's impossible. What cloning can do is make long term diseases and illnesses for things that are cloned. They could die at a younger age than they are supposed to, that is if they even survive through birth

tyiesha
November 09, 2010 - 14:09
hello

i think cloning is bad because so many things can g wrong when you are trying to clone something someone ar i mean someones best friend

suju
October 25, 2010 - 23:51
if someone want a baby in their life then should they be allow to clone?

i think if a person is unable to give birth to a baby but they want to have a baby then also cloning is not the right way to have a baby.they can adopt a baby from orphenage if they really want baby in their life.

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samuel welsh
September 28, 2011 - 00:39
Re: if someone want a baby in their life then should they be allow to clone?

choose adoption its eithical

frog princess
October 19, 2010 - 09:39
my opinion

i have been doing a project as weel and i feel it is against all odds i mean wut if they come out as an animal it is stupied cloneing is so wrong

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Anonymous
March 01, 2012 - 08:51
Re: my opinion

You sound like you're a little kid and you clearly should not be dealing with matters such as cloning. They are way beyond your petite knowledge.

Mr XY
June 24, 2010 - 04:38
clone

yes. we must clone. to save us all

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star
September 28, 2010 - 13:43
Re: clone

what

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beth
October 13, 2010 - 03:40
Re: clone

how is cloning going to save us ?

Reply to Mr XY
abbie
October 13, 2010 - 03:42
Re: clone

cloning is bad. real bad. you can have SEX but there will be no babies...

Reply to Mr XY
egte
December 10, 2010 - 12:28
Re: clone

gurl/boy u is a mess cloning will KILL us all DUHHH...!!!
WEE COULD ALL DIE BECAUSEE OF CLONING
PEOPLEE COULD TAKE OVER OUR LIVESS IF THEY LOOK LIKEE US WE COULD DIE AND OTHERSS WOULDNT KNOW BECAUSEE THERE IS SOMEONE WALKING AROUND LOOKING JUST LIKE US

Reply to Mr XY
WoZZy
January 16, 2011 - 09:55
Re: clone

by cloning cells and replacing diseased ones with them

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Blaze
December 18, 2011 - 12:54
Re: clone

Abbie^ thats not true there would still be a percentage and a chance to have a child. Same as with animal clones, many have reproduced successfully and had healthy babies that survived through their adulthood.
I agree with cloning can save us, think of all the abnormalities humans have these days, and cancers, diseases etc. Who's to say we don't deserve the chance to have a clone of ourselves, imagine all the things they could help us with!
And if we need organs? Shall we wait endlessly on line for an organ that may or may not come to us on time? If we could clone, we could clone a healthy organ and transfer it into ourselves faster than before, therefore saving our own lives.

Zoe
June 20, 2010 - 12:19
Human cloning

What is the point of human cloning. If you arent able to have kids and you decide to have a cloned baby, you will have to live with the fact that its isnt real, its not yours, it was just made. Why would you want to live with all though opinions and facts. just image if someone came up to you and asked you who the father is, and you would have to say noone, just image how painful that would be for you just to say. Do you really want to live with the fact its not really yours? :/

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J265
June 24, 2010 - 04:39
Re: Human cloning

Even if it is made, it is still part of you if you're cloning yourself!

Reply to Zoe
Cameron
June 25, 2010 - 04:47
Re: Human cloning

True it will be hard but if that is thhe way they want to go then its their problem.
Me myself i don't agree with it becouse it will just be heart breakeing when they find out.

Reply to Zoe
Steve
August 29, 2010 - 18:55
Re: Human cloning

Worry about yourself and let other people make the choice of owning a 'fake' baby for themselves.

Reply to Zoe
Dolly
October 15, 2010 - 04:41
Re: Human cloning

YES :)

Class 7A
May 31, 2010 - 14:10
Cloning

We think that cloning is a bad thing because it could start reproudrucion!

Maria
May 09, 2010 - 15:55

why are people aganist cloning

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krsital
May 11, 2010 - 08:49

because cloneing could ruin your future and your kids future, cloneing could over populate the world or we could clone the wrong things and it clould take control, is that what you want? hah. well im not saying all cloning is bad im for the cloning for donors and other good stuff, but is it neccesary to clone a whole human? there could be so many things that could go wrong, they, just like any other man made thing, could have several problems, physco running clones isnt really what i dream about at night.

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Kelly
October 19, 2010 - 17:32

r u jokin me??

didnt you read this article gosh!!

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time lord
October 15, 2011 - 09:47

bcs it would be taking away gods thunder

vgenesis
May 07, 2010 - 16:13

i think cloning is so wrong....
who would what to me cloned not me..
whoever is for it they're stupid!!!

me
May 04, 2010 - 02:20

cloning humans would never work. Never ever ever ever

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fyi,hvmv
October 13, 2010 - 06:12
l./nj,k

cloning does work u idiot

john
December 02, 2008 - 03:45

cloning is the future....

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Lina
December 03, 2008 - 17:43
pfft..

So you think the future is a child growing up knowing his mother is his sister, his grandmother is his mother and his father is his brother-in-law?? .....hOw NiCe -_-'

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chicken
October 13, 2010 - 05:55
WTF

omg no it isn i got cloned and im dead

Dav!d Dove
December 01, 2008 - 08:45
About cloning....

It is wrong to create something that wont even be the same thing as the real person.... brought in different homes.. raised different. I just think cloning is wrong and should always be banned and stop wasting money and time to think about cloning....

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GENESIS
May 07, 2010 - 16:07
Re: About cloning....

u r so rite im against cloning too..
i thin thats so wrong...
why would somebody liked to be clon..

Mark L
November 30, 2008 - 16:26
not just human cloning

I think that human cloning could bring many advances to the world. Cloning, to me, does not just involving human cloning. Cloning can be used to treat diseases and replace organs. Pretty sure it’s not just me but if you were dying because you needed a new heart or liver or lungs or whatever, you would enjoy having a cloned one. Having a cloned organ would mean no rejection of the organ from you body. Scientists have also said that with human cloning one of the first diseases they can fix is Leukemia. If you knew one of your kids in the future was going to get Leukemia and knew that it could be cured, can you still say you would be against cloning knowing it could possibly save your child? Or say your best friend was in an accident and got brain damage, would you support cloning if they said they could create new brain cells for him and he would be normal again, or would you let him suffer and be a vegetable the rest of his life? Say he became quadriplegic, Scientists have said that there is a possibility that new spinal cord cells can be made and walking again is an option. So maybe actually cloning a human or possibly super humans might not be the best for the world today but great medical advantages can come if cloning is not banned and further research is allowed.

I also think that on the "God" issue that this would be a real test. If a Clone of a human is done successfully and god exists then this clone would have no soul it would be not a person but a body that acts on instinct. And if this clone is fine and acts as if it were a real person submitted though psychoanalytical test ect.. Then god is not real.

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Mayoe
April 25, 2010 - 14:22
Re: not just human cloning

that's why a Human Clone hasn't legitimately happened yet, (and it never will) becasue God wouldn't allow it. :)

Praying for you,
MC

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yourmom
May 11, 2010 - 12:02
Re: not just human cloning

dang thats alot

Reply to Mark L
April
August 09, 2010 - 20:46
Re: not just human cloning

Forgive him Lord for He not know what he has said.

Reply to Mark L
femaleobiwan345
January 06, 2011 - 07:42
Re: not just human cloning

hey dont say god isnt real. if he wasnt real then how did we get here?

Reply to Mark L
James
February 09, 2012 - 11:49
Re:

My oppinon on the subject is human cloning should not be allowed. It will cause problems we would end up using it for warfare sothen other countries would use it for warfare wich would be chaos it is already bad enough all of the war we have now.

Another reason is I am a religous person and I figure when god wants more humans he will make more. If he wanted humans interfering in the creation of humans he would ask for it. And not haveus call on our selves to create more humans expecially for evil purposes like war. Because a lot of our war ends up hell on earth.

fletcher XD
November 28, 2008 - 09:00
cloning

i think it should be allowed because it it cool

fletcher of the funk

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Holly
November 11, 2010 - 05:00
Re: cloning

IKR ;] your weird ;]

jazmine Smith =)
November 20, 2008 - 12:47
Human Cloning

Human cloning is stoopid and horrible! People should not be cloned unless they give permissioin to be cloned. Cloning without consent of the original person should remain illegal.

Would you want to have a clone and not even know???
I wouldn't.
>jazmine Smith
Manila, Phillipines.

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Peter Rwastchew
December 02, 2008 - 08:06
Re: Human Cloning

i think tha human cloning is a good thing because it takes the attention off me and my sister for being inbreds, we are continuously making babies and i think cloning would be a good alternative.

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me and my good friend connor
October 13, 2010 - 05:56
Re: Human Cloning

can we join in on the inbredation

Jack McMahon
November 17, 2008 - 11:27
mixed views

I believe cloning could be used to benefit the whole human species but at the moment it is just too risky and would result in many lives being lost.

Adam Jarret
November 10, 2008 - 03:41
Maybe

Well it would be great to clone.Imagine losing your girlfriend and she dies and you just clone her

Reply to Adam Jarret
rawr
October 19, 2010 - 12:48
Re: Maybe

haha nice

zoya
October 21, 2008 - 08:01
my opinion.;p

i believe cloning is illegal because you mess around with genes and this could harm many people with many deaths.--

Reply to zoya
matt
October 21, 2008 - 11:26
Re: my opinion.;p

i strongly disagree

Reply to zoya
Oliver Stone
November 04, 2008 - 14:20
Re: my opinion

i agree with matt.
I stongry dissagree with you zoya.

Reply to zoya
billybob
November 05, 2008 - 07:48
Re: my opinion.;p

you are stupid, cloning is great i am a clone and i love it, you are a racist towards clones

Reply to zoya
matt
May 06, 2010 - 03:37
Re: my opinion.;p

stupid idea

Reply to zoya
blake
June 12, 2010 - 00:45
Re: my opinion.;p

i reckon that if we keep reaserching cloning that 1 day all these faults will be fixed and that there will be no side effects to cloning
we just need to keep working at it like with everything we do
we'll get there 1 day and cloneing will have no side affects
and that extinct animals will live once again.
hundreds of endanged animals will no longer be endanged.
were basically making up for all we have done to all those poor animals that we caused to be endanged

Christina Tubbs
October 06, 2008 - 11:12

Do people have the right to reproduce?

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tubs
November 05, 2008 - 07:50

only if you are an elephant

richar scott
October 02, 2008 - 21:28
cloning is not right

it should not be done because god made one of us and everyone of us he made special. so i dont think we should make the mistake and go and mess around with nature. if god really wanted only two or more of the same person then everyone would have a natrual twin. but scince he made us special then i dont think the we should do any of it. so i think it is wrong to do stuff like that.(i am only 15 and i am putting those scientitis to shame)(my teacher said that)

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Skye C.
November 02, 2008 - 16:02
Re: cloning is not right

While your opinion is respectable, please learn how to actually spell and use proper grammer before "putting scientists to shame".

Reply to richar scott
sean eales
November 12, 2008 - 05:37
Re: cloning is not right

thing is ... god dont exist my friend :)

Reply to richar scott
Gina
November 25, 2008 - 11:55
Re: cloning is not right

i totally agree with you God is good isn"t he

Reply to richar scott
Levi Cogle
May 10, 2012 - 03:31
Re: cloning is not right

First and foremost, the fact that you are using the "religious argument" is an invalid argument that doesn't back up your opinion. The United States Constitution gives us express rights to believe whatever we want when it comes to religion and therefore I could say that my half-chicken, half-monkey god disapproves of cloning and it would be just as valid of an argument. You are entitled to your beliefs and I respect you for that but it doesn't mean that you can use it as a crutch when arguing such a diverse and controversial subject.

Second, in my opinion, you are not going to convince anyone with any kind of intelligence that you have a valid point if you are (assumed) too ignorant to check your post for grammatical errors and spelling errors. Lack of capitalization and punctuation can make any post look unprofessional and compromise any chance of credentials. Even if you had a good point with cited sources that back up your claim, you portray yourself as an uneducated teenager without the skills to research such a complicated topic (which I do not believe is the case as you wouldn't be reading an article about this to begin with).

When you get to college, writing 121 and 122 focus on being able to effectively argue a point of view whether it is your own opinion or not and being able to find credible sources to back yourself up. I don't mean to be rude or arrogant, just giving my two cents.

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bill
March 13, 2013 - 22:40

I belive in god and heaven but god did not create us we started out like everything else we started out as little organisms called bacteria which grew and evolved until it couldn't evolve any more and here we are...

richar
October 02, 2008 - 21:24
cloning is not right

it should not be done because god made one of us and everyone of us he made special. so i dont think we should make the mistake and go and mess around with nature. if god really wanted only two or more of the same person then everyone would have a natrual twin. but scince he made us special then i dont think the we should do any of it. so i think it is wrong to do stuff like that.(i am only 15 and i am putting those scientitis to shame)(my teacher said that)

remii
October 01, 2008 - 10:52
intresting.

i recently did a report and this sight helped me very much. Lailah, I am only 13 but i think that your opinon was amazing. Your opinion helped me form my report (I am against it too), although i am in a different situation, i am jewish, therefor not obliged to be against it. Anyone who is interested in cloning, but likes interesting books, read the YA novel: "My Sister's Keeper" By Judi Picoult. And thanks to everyone again!

boo
September 25, 2008 - 05:04
boo

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blahblah28
September 22, 2008 - 20:55
My Question

What do you think about cloning?? Are you for of against or mixed (both, in different ways)???I really want to know...can you please reply me as soon as possible???>>>>>hehe thx a lot.

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remii
October 01, 2008 - 10:56
Re: My Question

i was for cloning before i started to really think about it. Read my sister's keeper by jodi picoult. it really helped when i did my cloning report. now i am against cloning although i wish there was a different way to help those where cloning is the only way to save their lives. hope i helped

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richar scott
October 02, 2008 - 21:27
Re: My Question

it should not be done because god made one of us and everyone of us he made special. so i dont think we should make the mistake and go and mess around with nature. if god really wanted only two or more of the same person then everyone would have a natrual twin. but scince he made us special then i dont think the we should do any of it. so i think it is wrong to do stuff like that.(i am only 15 and i am putting those scientitis to shame)(my teacher said that)

Angie Simons
September 22, 2008 - 18:24

Cloning is bull . :)

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green dog
October 19, 2010 - 09:41

right it so is chus there is nun to do it is like a creepy robot lol :D

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hat your
October 20, 2010 - 19:14

yep

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maria lopez
February 15, 2013 - 08:58

its true

Laeelya
September 18, 2008 - 07:58
its so screamy...

im laeelya from indonesia, eighteen years old. despite from the other opinion, i have a funny question.. how do you think if i will meet a person that straightly looks like me but she hasn't normal body..lame.. of course it so bad. and i think the result is still zero about human clone.. its a law breaking action...

Kyrill
September 08, 2008 - 09:08
re: Reasons Agains Cloning

Dear Dr Dixon

I am a student in Biology (final year of secondary college-newhaven college, australia) doing a research piece on reproductive cloning and i greatly appreciate your thoughts and video. They have helped me out greatly in my research, especially the way you explain cloning and it's effects so well. I strongly agree with the point you make about the emotional impact on a clone. Its impossible to imagine the feeling one would get if they knew they were just a copy of someone else, just a freak of our developments in science, because it has never happened before and hopefully it never will, because then i for one wouldn't be able to stand for it in society.
With all the experiments done and all the repeats you would think that scientists would understand that this technology is still too complicated for us to mess with, there are lots of things we don't know about ourselves, our genetic material and how we function to be able to produce a clone of a human without anything going wrong. Even still if we did, then there would be no way to prevent the negative emotional effects which you have mentioned. Thanks for the giving us readers the opportunity to leave our thoughts, i do have a great deal more, but i am not a great typer and it is getting very late so i will leave it at that.

Regards,
Kyrill Kosaruk

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Patrick Dixon
September 08, 2008 - 09:48
Thanks

Thanks - really interesting comments - do please help others by sharing more of your thoughts here. This is one of the busiest pages on cloning on the web so they will gain a wide audience. I suggest you post longer messages in no more than a couple of paragraphs each for easier reading. With appreciation. Patrick

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A.T
May 12, 2010 - 14:39
Re: re: Reasons Against Cloning

i completely agree with you, and believe it is a huge risk to clone humans especially with the emotional problems involved.

Lailah
August 12, 2008 - 15:27
one more thing

It's me again. I have one more point to make. A little less religious this time, but just as important, I think. There are so many people in this world already, suffering lack of food, shelter, and decent health. Why don't the scientists working on those cloning projects use thier genius to make some sort of super firtalizer, and sell it at a reasonable price to farmers so, although the gas prices are killer, we might have extra for people in 3rd world countries? Or the could come up with some sort of very sturdy material for homes for those people? Something stronger than stone or concrete or metal. Or use all the money thier spending on cloning to look for cures for diseases we can't quite treat yet? That money could have such a better purpose. The research may have benefits, but to get to those benefits, you gotta sacrafice an aweful lot. I also wish people in America would stop buying those super-big homes and spoiling themselves. I'm comfortably middle class and Im doing just fine.
-Lailah

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Patrick Dixon
August 12, 2008 - 19:37
Reasons / arguments against and for human cloning

Thanks for another interesting post. A huge issue is that cloning is costly and involves great risk for any child cloned (medical problems as we have seen in cloned animals). In my view it would be far better to spend those resources meeting important and urgent needs in our world.

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Bob
December 17, 2012 - 14:04

Wow u rite so much

Lailah
August 12, 2008 - 15:18
My opinion

I'm a bit young to know much about this. I'm only fifteen, but im in a homeschool program which requires a report on this stuff and my opinion. I'm Catholic, so I know I'm obliged to be against it, but it goes further than that. I never really developed a strong opinion untill now, when I read the article on three reasons why it's not a good idea. But I still have to explain the opposing side's argument, and do my best to understand it. But here's the thing; God gave us free will. Some people say that if we weren't supposed to do it, God wouldn't have made it possible. But God doesn't condone murder, and thats possible. He doesn't permit fornication, torture, slavery, or cruelty, but we all know too well that those actions are very possible. The reason we have free will is that God is giving us an opportunity to prove that we love Him and are willing to obey. And that does not include trying to mimic His ability to make new life (except for intermarital sex). How exactly does the soul get into the body? I wouldn't know, non of us would. But if you're artaficially cloning, don't you think the person would be a little less normal? Not normal as in like everybody else, but not normal as in a direct creation of God. We're not worthy of the place science offers us. Although much of science is useful and wonderful, not all of it abides by the Laws of God (birth-control, fancy ways for killing people, etc.). And so even though I'm still just a kid and not exactly expected to meddle in this sort of thing, I do not believe that human cloning is a good, virtuous, or just thing. Cloning pigs and cows is one thing; God gave us contol (to an extent, a very small one, if you know how stubborn my cat is) over them: they are here for our purpose and companionship (USE DONT ABUSE). So as far as I'm concerned, making another piggy is just fine, as long as you don't make some super intelligent one that'll breed an army and try to take over the world (I doubt this situation is very possible, but i threw it in 'cos the idea of Tyrannical pigs cracks me up). But Humans are the race chosen by God to have the intelligence superior to all other animals, and it only goes so far. You just can't do God's job. Can you picture that? Humans trying to do a vital part of God's job. Can you say "super-huge disaster"?

Thanks for listening, yours,
Lailah

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Patrick Dixon
August 12, 2008 - 19:35
Reasons / arguments against and for human cloning

Dear Lailah, Thanks so much for your interesting and well written post. You make many points. I cannot with 11 million users of my pages / youtube videos answer in detail but I really hope (other visitors please note) that you will see many replies here so keep a note of the page. I had a separately human cloning bulletin board which had 200,000 messages read and 20,000 posts but got deleted accidentally so am keen to rebuild a human cloning debate here.

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Kyrill
September 08, 2008 - 08:48
Reply to "My Opinion"

Wow, thank you very much for your insight on this issue Lailah. Like you i am currently doing a report on cloning and hearing someone else's opinion opinion on the issue greatly helps my work.
Thank You,
Kyrill

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good hog
October 20, 2010 - 19:12
Re: My opinion

um see here the thing i am doing a project to and i have pro clone so i am for it and ur reasoons suck

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Jayson
January 31, 2011 - 23:12
Re: My opinion

Wow... I can't help but agree with you!! I mean, God gave us our agency for a reason, but one day we will all be held accountable for everything that we ever did, and if we did well, then great!!! But if we find out that some of the things that we did were not O.K., well then...

This view on the subject of human cloning has helped me to better write my report, and as I believe that there is opposition in all things, there will always be people who will do anything they can in order to get power, money, fame, etc.

Thank you Lailah!!!

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