Barriers to Human Cloning

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Should Human Cloning Be Banned?
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    For Mrs. Fister, having a clone could involve responsibilities and risks that cannot be taken lightly. But for another reason, Mrs. Fister probably should not make any plans to clone her dying child. Even if it is ever possible to clone a human, it may never be within reach of the average consumer , at least in Mrs. Fister's lifetime.
    Today's research into cloning is being done on animals, not humans. These experiments are very expensive and more often than not unsuccessful. In the Dolly experiment, for example, researchers tried 277 times to clone a sheep from mature cells but succeeded only once. Because of the risks to embryos involved, many people believe that human cloning would be unethical and should be banned.
Why might people think cloning should be banned?   There are many reasons people give for such a ban. One reason is that cloning by definition means to make a copy, therefore, cloning undermines the right of every person to be valued for his or her uniqueness . Another reason against cloning is that it would lead away from the bonds between men and women. Yet another reason against cloning is that it is a form of genetic selection that leads quickly down a slippery slope into eugenics .
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