Steven Pinker, wrote a piece of an anthology called in Defense of Dangerous Ideas, where he writes about dangerous ideas and the effect these ideas have on people. A dangerous idea is an idea that makes individuals think and question their morality, ethics, or integrity. Dangerous ideas are the questions that can make a person upset or even confused about why this type of question is being asked. There is a slight difference in genetic enhancing and cloning. Genetic enhancement involves the modification of human traits such as eye color, hair color, skin color, etc. While, cloning is taking the same DNA and replicating it to make an identical copy of that same DNA. Although many people may think genetic enhancement and cloning is a dangerous idea and corrodes the prevailing moral order because it goes against religious beliefs, the advancements may go too far, and there are risk factors. Genetic enhancement and cloning is a good impact on society because it helps food supply, cures inherited diseases, solves infertility, and there is a potential to live longer. Imagine a world without diseases, infertility, and bad genes, that is what genetic enhancement
If therapeutic cloning and reproductive cloning are both dangerous then why allow it in human and animal cloning? Cloning is the process of producing similar populations of genetically identical individuals. “95% of cloning have resulted in failures.” Therapeutic cloning can be replacing old organs on to someone or something else. Reproductive cloning is cloning a whole new human body. Therapeutic and reproductive cloning are just a waste of taxpayer money. Taxpayers would not benefit off of cloning in any way. Both therapeutic and reproductive cloning are dangerous. Cloning a relative whom past away is not the best idea.
In the story Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, Victor Frankenstein, the main character and narrator of the story, attempted to re-create a human from the dead for the sake of having done so. Victor did not take a minute to think about the pros and cons of creating it. This situation is like modern day Scientists who are enthralled with the idea of cloning a human being. The ramifications -- both physical and social -- of accomplishing this is where the concern is. Cloning is bad because we don't know what is going to happen in the end, although there are those who are on the opposing side.
The subject of cloning can easily be related to the novel we have been reading, Frankenstein. Both have to do with the topic of bringing life into the world in an unnatural way. Just like bringing the monster to life was viewed differently to different people, cloning is the same. The event of Dolly the sheep, the first adult mammal clone, surviving the cloning process started a huge set of events that has made the amount research about cloning increase exponentially. This is very similar to how Victor Frankenstein creating the monster was the first action of many that eventually lead to his demise. Victor Frankenstein might have agreed with the viewpoint that human cloning is an important branch of science that must be mastered by humans,
As Maya Angelou once said “In diversity there is beauty and there is strength.” Though diversity exists in the world today, that could diminish due to the downfalls caused by human cloning. There may be controversy surrounding human cloning, but the consequences will desolate society if the issues with it are not addressed. In Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley, a scientist obsessed with life animates a creature who becomes evil from society treatment. Moreover, in “The Birthmark,” by Nathaniel Hawthorne, a newly married scientist becomes obsessed with a hand shaped birthmark on his wife’s cheek, which leads him to attempt to remove it but to no avail, as he ends up killing her. Both works emphasize how certain unregulated science can end in misery.
The idea of knowledge in the novel Frankenstein by Mary Shelley interprets knowledge as an evil pursuit. The knowlege is misused, due to Victor, the monster, and the interference with nature. Theses reasons are different perspectives that lead to tragedies.
James Joyce once said that “mistakes are the portals of discovery.” However, when it comes to the field of genetic engineering, specifically cloning, mistakes, or even discoveries, could turn out to be disastrous. Victor Frankenstein found this out when, in the book Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, he discovers the secrets to creating life which, some might say, led to a horrifying 8 foot tall creature. Nonetheless, cloning has become a lucrative field in the past twenty years since the first sheep was cloned. The process of cloning is essentially extracting tissue from an organism and growing the tissue within a laboratory by means of asexual reproduction. Bioethics have limited cloning to just animals such as a sheep as well as a monkey, but as technology has advanced, so it seems that humans are closer to being able to clone a human. Genetic engineering, specifically cloning, denies the dignity of human life because it crosses the ethical borders in which mankind is attempting to surpass God as a creator.
We could use the novel, Frankenstein, as an argument against scientific technology that creates life forms or argue that it is not technology itself but the use to which it is put that presents an ethical problem. What is Shelley’s position? What is your position? Are we currently using or abusing nature for our benefit? Can we develop a “symbiotic” relationship with nature?
I’m not sure if I agree with cloning at all. I believe that when it is a person time to die then it is their time and no one should get favors. Cloning can create genetical defects and nowhere does it specify that the diseases you already have wont transfer over to your clone.
Cloning is the processes that are used in order to generate exact genetic makeup of a cell, tissue, or organism. The term clone refers to the copied material with the same genetic makeup of the original. According to the definition by National Genome Research Institute (NIH) cloning can be differentiated into three types, those are:
Cloning might seem like new technology. However, it is nothing new! Many of you must have heard of Dolly the sheep once in your life. Dolly is the very first mammal to be cloned; it was cloned from an adult sheep’s somatic cell. Just like Dolly, many other animal species such as dogs, cats, horses, pigs, rabbits, frogs, wolves, goats, monkeys, and fish, have been cloned and reproduced. Nowadays, animal cloning has became very normal. But what about humans? We have never heard of a successfully cloned human. Is it because technology is not advanced enough yet? Or is it just because human cloning might be too dangerous? Many scientists are trying to clone humans but is it ever justified? There are a whole lot of debates on this topic, and I am strongly against it. Human cloning is ethically wrong; there are many risks involved, which will lead to detrimental effects on human society.
Most people in our society, no matter what level of education that they may have, have heard of the cloning, specifically the cloning of Dolly the lamb, and have some notions regarding the idea of cloning humans. "The successes in animal cloning suggest to some that the technology has matured sufficiently to justify its application to human cloning" (Jaenisch et al.). However, not every agrees that human cloning is a something that should be put into practice (Hoskins). There generally seem to be two basic divisions on this issue: those who find it inappropriate and unethical, and those who find it a reasonable and necessary step in the progression of scientific research (Lustig).
Do you know that based on the scientific studies, 90% human cloning tuned out to be unsuccessful. Human cloning(modifying babies) is a process of producing new identical babies by altering their genomes. Some of studies show that scientists successfully cloned animals such as cows, Pigs, and sheep. For the past 3-5 years human cloning have a lot of debates and controversies between peoples. However Human cloning is dangerous for the new engineered baby and their moms, so it should be banned to prevent new disease, to constantly limit the population of dying human beings, and to stop unnecessary fees to modify babies.