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DISCUSSION POST #1
Good Evening Class,
What are the risks and benefits of cloning?
The benefits of cloning are helping the healthcare field advance in their studies.
A risk is the shorten life of the clone. They would not be able to have a full life.
Cancer cells have similarities to the stem cells which can cause problems
What are some potential uses for cloning?
The potential uses for cloning are helping researchers in the agriculture and medicine fields. One example is an animal gives the nutrients for human needs, but the animal is going extinct. They would try and reproduce the same animal so there won't be a shortage. Using cloning for parents who are sterile they can help. Cloning can also help animals who are on the verge of extension. They can help populate animals.
Could you envision using cloning technology in your own life? If so, how?
I couldn't use cloning technology. I do not clearly understand all the risks and benefits of cloning. I think cloning can be a little difficult unstable. I do not think a human should be reproduce. Cloning is like having a twin you may look alike but personality can be different. Another reason why I wouldn't use it is because the life is shortened in a clone and you do not know who you are getting.
What are some of the ethical problems with cloning?
Some ethical problems can be religious reliefs. Religious beliefs is about human rights and dignity.Â There are also problems of the reproduction of animalâ€™s embryos. Most embryos doe before they are able to live healthy lives. Having a person clone can take away a person identity and freedom especially if the person does not know they are being cloned.
How do you feel about cloning animals? What about humans?
I really do not know how to feel. I do not think I would want to be cloned or have my animal cloned. I think cloning is kind of like having twins. No matter how close the DNA is to each other the personality can be totally different. I do not think you can ever reproduce anyone to be exactly like each no matter how good the science gets for cloning.
Should cloning be regulated? Why or why not? If so, by whom?
I think cloning should be regulated because you do not want a normal person cloning someone or something and have a chemical imbalance being. That can become dangerous if you have a clone who is not mentally stable and not able to run tests to make sure the clone is stable enough to be in the public. I think it should be regulated by the FDA and WHO. I think the government needs to be involve with all cloning.
NIH. (2017). Cloning Fact Sheet. National Human Genome Research Institute: Retrieved from https://www.genome.gov/25020028/
DISCUSSION POST #2
Cloning is the process of identically copying different types of materials like cells for instance. There could be many risks and benefits to cloning. I feel cloning would be a great benefit for research purposes. Study cells of different disease to have a better understanding of how they form and potentially help develop a better way to treat if not cure certain diseases such as cancer. However, there are some health risks to cloning. Although you are cloning the cells there can be development issues causing birth defects. When I think of all the daily busy work we have each day, yes it would be nice to have a clone to help exist. However, I think there could be quite a few ethical problems with cloning humans and animals. I think it would be great for the cloning of cells for medical research but cloning animals could do more harm than good as well as animals. With there being help risks of cells not fully developing that may cause some ethical issues for animal right activists. For humans, there may be religious reasons of finding this unethical. I don’t feel cloning should be done of animals or humans as I don’t feel enough research has been done to know the long-term effects. Any cloning being done should be regulated. Allowing only so much cloning for the help of research in medical cases I feel is fine but with animals and humans if this were to be done should be very minimal until we have a better understanding of the effects. I think human cloning should never exist for that reason. I think it is tough to say who should regulate the cloning but maybe those in charge of the facility develop certain practice guidelines and a board to help regulate.
Cloning Fact Sheet