Cloning. Is cloning right?

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Many people think that cloning is very bad, but others think it could bring a better world to us. Few people know a lot about cloning. It is defined by the Concise Columbia Encyclopedia as "a group of organisms descended from a single individual through asexual reproduction." (Cohen 10) Some people believe that possibly humans could be cloned. Many apples, grapes and ornamental shrubs are clones. (Cohen 12) When you bite into an apple, you can not tell if it is a clone or not, though. Will that bother you from now on? Or maybe cloning isn't so bad after all. This paper will prove that cloning should be legal because of the many benefits it has.

During the 1970s, people could not clone mammals successfully, but they did clone amphibians. They just could not get it right with mammals probably because of the difference in DNA. (Cohen 19)

Many people started claiming to have made human clones all over the world; people started writing fiction books about what they cloned.

People knew they were just stories, though, until David Rorvik started writing. David Rorvik wrote a book called In His Image: The Cloning of a Man. He was just like many of the other authors who wrote stories, except this book was supposed to be non-fiction. In his book he wrote that he had talked to a man he called Max. Max was a sixty-year-old who wanted a clone of himself. Rorvik said that he went beyond Hawaii where there were many women who would supply eggs to carry the embryo until the baby was born. Rorvik claimed that the baby

was eventually born in California in December 1976. He wrote it was alive and healthy. (Cohen 17,18)

Before the book was published, word got around that the "first...