Bioethics

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Bioethics, which is the study of value judgments pertaining to human conduct in the area of

biology and includes those related to the practice of medicine, has been an important aspect of

all areas in the scientific field (Bernstein, Maurice, M.D.). It is one of the factors that says

whether or not certain scientific research can go on, and if it can, under which rules and

regulations it must abide by. One of the most recent and controversial issues facing our society

today is the idea of cloning. On February 23, 1997, Ian Wilmut, a Scottish scientist, along with

his colleagues at the Roslin Institute and PPL Therapeutics, announced to the world that they

had cloned a lamb, which... View More »

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Also, that an exact copy, although much

younger, of an existing person could be made, reflecting the belief that one?s genes bear a simple

relationship to the physical and psychological traits that make up a person. This is one point that

those against cloning are often worried about. That the clone would have no soul, no mind, no

feelings or emotions of their own, no say in how their life will be with their destiny predetermined

for them, and that each individual clone would not be unique. They are also afraid that the clone

will not be treated like a person, more like a worthless second copy, or a fill-in for what was

there but now is lost. Although the genes do play an important part, its the interaction among a

person?s genetic inheritance, their environment, memories, different life experiences, and the

process of learning that result in the uniqueness of each individual (Mario, Christopher).


People think that by cloning, we are taking the creation of life into our own hands, giving

us all the control over something never before in our power, and in essence ?playing God?

(Mario, Christopher). But what they don?t realize is that for hundreds of years, humankind has

been controlling nature with the domestication of plants and animals, which is a violation of the

natural order of things as God has put them here on earth. Another point that those against

cloning seem to agree on is the potential of physical harm put upon those involved with the

process. ...

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