Implications of Cloning. The paper discusses the pros and cons of cloning and related scientific, religious and ethical concerns.

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Implications of cloning

Many don't realize how serious the advent of cloning really is. When cloning is mentioned, half of the world thinks of Dolly, the "magical splitting sheep". But come on, doesn't it make you wonder? If a sheep can be cloned, why couldn't people? Ok, you may say, that's fine, so people could be cloned, that's a good thing right? Wrong! I am not even going to mention the spiritual implications of such an act, even though this would be the main concern of the spiritually inclined community.

There are plenty of reasons to be concerned outside of spirituality. For example: if anyone can be cloned, what stops those who are wealthy enough to replicate themselves from doing it? Nothing. In this case, Saddam Hussein will be a splinter in everyone's behind for as long as the world stands. Granted he will not be completely identical, but his general characteristics would remain, such as his ruthlessness, misanthropy, INSANITY.

Another reason is evolution. Evolution among every species on this planet has been determined to work in accordance to Darwin's theory of the "Survival of the Fittest", meaning natural selection that affects the gene pool. If cloning were to become common, our gene pool would change less; a defective gene would be carried on by the resulting clone, thus remaining in circulation.

These are only a few scientific and ethical concerns. There are many more. Nevertheless, there are positive uses to cloning. For example, it is possible to clone select organs and body tissue instead of the entire organism. By making this kind of procedure common, organ donors will no longer be needed, and doctors will no longer have to worry that the body will reject the newly transplanted organ, because the new organ will be the exact replica of...