To be or not to be: human
Has anyone ever said to you that there
is nobody in the world like you? Maybe you've been called "one of a kind."
It's a compliment to be called original
and unique. That's what makes you who you are. This individuality is what
keeps each of us from being a carbon-copy human being. This is a fact of
life that will never be changed, right?
Wrong. An infertility specialist in Kentucky
is currently racing other scientists to develop the first human clone.
This human clone can be created within the next two and a half years, according
Cloning technology has distinctive health
benefits for society. Cloning organs for transplant is beneficial. Cloning
technology can be used for treatment of various diseases such as diabetes
and Parkinson's disease. This cloning helps humanity.
But how can creating a human being from
scratch help the human race?
The wonders of modern science can push
the mind and soul of humanity to its limits, but they should not be responsible
for creating the mind and soul of humanity.
The birth of a sheep named Dolly made history
in 1997 as the first mammal successfully cloned.
Since then, scientists from all over the
globe have been trying to take this miracle of science a step further.
Other scientists all over the world have
cloned worms, mice and cows using the same method that was used with Dolly.
However, the scientists who have managed
to accomplish this feat give far too little weight to the 98 percent failure
rate they have endured.
It is unacceptable to have an almost guaranteed
failure rate with human cloning.
The idea of applying this technology to
humans is premature and illustrates severe scientific irresponsibility.
There are enormous risks involved in creating
a human being by cloning.
In 1997, the National Bioethics Advisory
Committee stated that "cloning humans would be both unsafe and unethical."
With such risk factors as miscarriages,
stillbirths and birth defects present, it's quite obvious that the prospect
of humans playing God should be seriously questioned.
Various supporters of human cloning have
said that they would like to clone themselves. Their reasoning is that
they would then be able to live longer in a different body.
There is no logic to that. Your mind is
not transplanted when you are cloned. A mirror-image clone would be the
epitome of an identical twin.
Science does amazing things for our lives.
No one argues that. If approached responsibly, cloning can benefit humanity
in countless ways.
However, cloning humans is not a responsible
use of scientific resources. There are too many risks and too few benefits.
The message delivered by the science fiction
thriller Jurassic Park said it best: scientists were so preoccupied
with the fact that they could clone, they never stopped to consider if