Should human cloning be banned?

Cloning is the creation of a genetic copy of a sequence of DNA or of the entire genome of an organism. In the cloning debate, the term ‘cloning’ typically refers to a technique called somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT). SCNT involves transferring the nucleus of a somatic cell into an oocyte form, where most of the DNA has been removed. The manipulated oocyte is then treated with an electric current in order to stimulate cell division, resulting in the formation of an embryo. The embryo is (virtually) genetically identical to, and thus a clone of the somatic cell donor. The debate revolves around human integrity, power, and social order.

Yes, human cloning should be banned

Human cloning endangers social order and human life/integrity.

Human cloning will lead to a new form of racism

While it may seem like a step towards advancing medicine, science, and technology, it will only breed racism and confusion. It’s a difficult concept that will open a new door for racism in a world that already suffers from it.

Human cloning is medically unsafe and unethical

Technology has only gone so far with animal cloning, which has proved to have slim chances of success and can be seen as unethical. Science and medicine are not advanced enough to clone humans. Going a step further with humans would prove dangerous to the human being cloned.

No, human cloning should not be banned

If humans have a right to reproduce, what right does society have to limit the means?

Human cloning is similar to IVF

Ethically, human cloning is no different to in vitro fertilization.

Human cloning is another alternative for starting a family

Clones already exist. About one in every 1,000 births results in a pair of babies with the same DNA. The world knows them as identical twins. Cloning is not the same as genetic engineering. Cloning could be a substitute to IVF if couples are infertile or if individuals wish to have a child who is genetically identical to themselves or their partner.
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