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Cons of Cloning Human Organs

Cloning: replicating (a fragment of DNA placed in an organism) so that there is enough to analyze or use in protein production, or as more commonly known, to make an identical copy of.

The science of genetics is not a new concept, but it is our future. Scientist have only scratched the surface in what one can do with genetics, whether it is altering them or even cloning them. That all sounds so innovative and optomistic for our future, but what are the cons of cloning?

Cloning human organs is a risky concept with a slim success rate and it requires embryos to be used, and there is a fine line to walk before taking it too far. The success rate of this procedure is not only low because it is a new concept, but it is low because defects can take place during, or after cloning. Connect US states, “…cloned cells have wound up developing some serious defects that have the potential to ultimately affect human health in a bad way”. With a low success rate, the procedure would be a gargantuan gamble, especially since the patient would normal be in an unhealthy state already. Then comes the ethical side: to obtain the embryos to clone the organ, a human in the making would have to be killed, “therapeutic cloning uses embryos… because cells that they contain have the ability to grow into certain types of organ or cell…this also carries ethical concerns, especially the part where human embryos are considered as living creatures from a moral standpoint” (Connect US). This, unfortunately, would become a large political battle, very similar to the current one on abortion. That could lead to very messy legal conflicts in the future. Finally, where do you draw the line? Researchers say that eventually, from these embryos, “researchers [may]… be able to clone a human being directly” (Connect US). There are many liabilities to this too, such as expense, not understanding side effects, and a small success rate. However, there are some positives that come with cloning.

         human embryonic stem cells

One may argue that there are numerous positives of cloning human organs. One of these positives is that it could allow for new types of long term treatments. NYLN states that, “…somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT), once perfected, has the potential to provide cure for diseases like diabetes and Parkinson’s” (NYLN). If this is so, then there would be endless opportunities for curing other diseases. It may even open new doors for other uses of somatic stem cells too, such as cancer treatment, or heart disease. The endless possibilities of uses of SCNT is one of the pros for cloning human organs.

Although it seems as if there are many pros to cloning human organs, it is all in theory. In reality it is dangerous and immoral. If cloning human organs were to be practiced, then it should have many regulations and laws regarding embryos and taking the procedure too far and possibly cloning a human. So, in conclusion, cloning human organs is a very risky task, and it should not be practiced.

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