Human Cloning: A Gist of conerns

Posted on April 5, 2010 in Sci-Tech

Amiya Sinha:

The topic of human cloning is both contentious and prejudiced; for example, one persons advantages may be another person’s cause for ethical concerns. The science of human cloning is still in its formative years and prompts many principled questions. Human Cloning is the making of a genetically identical print of a human, human tissue or human cell.

One benefit of cloning human tissue is that if we can grow organs, they can be used to replace dying organs. For example, if a heart disease destroys a patient’s heart, an exact replica can simply be “grown” to substitute it. Human cloning can also be a problem solver for infertile couples, even allowing parents to have a child with certain features as they require. Because cloning process allows for the manipulation of human genes, embryos can be created free of inherited genetic disorders or predispositions. The cloning process of human tissue can even be used to treat cancer patients, and also for plastic surgery.

There are many things to be concerned about when considering whether or not to clone humans. Diversity in genes is helpful to our world. Adaptation in genes allows humans to strengthen themselves against diseases and the environment. The cloning process would limit this ability severely. Copying genes generally weakens it, and scientists have validated this for the process. All animals, previously cloned have died early in their lives, of diseases or genetic issues.

Human Cloning has also brought up many ethical questions. Who will own the cloned item? One who carries the DNA or the creator? Will the financial costs of cloning be worth the end result? Finally, there are those who think that the process allows man to “play the role of God.” By this process, man is testing the blessedness of human presence on earth. After all, its god who made man and not the other way round.

Amiya is a correspondent of Youth Ki Awaaz pursuing Economics (1st Yr.) from Ramjas College, University of Delhi. Football is his religion and Manchester United is his god.  Writing has always been one of his areas of interest.