Cloning

The new breakthrough of cloning is a great advance in biotechnology. The use of cloningcan be both beneficial and harmful to society. There are many reasonable ways to use themethods of cloning. For instance, the use for medical purposes can be helpful in casessuch as producing animals with human body systems that could be used for transplantingorgans. It can be a valuable asset to our society in that way. It can be harmful if it isopened for use in the general public because it could cause many problems if the wrongpeople become involved with it. As stated in Times Magazine, this is a breakthrough intechnology and it is impossible for the government to forbid anyone to not use cloning. Itis a new law of nature that is being defied and the government cannot take that away. In the field of medicine, cloning can be a very useful technique. It is not only justbeing able to reproduce the genes, but to be able to transfer them and to study them. Itwould be possible to study organs of the human body to learn how they can alter them tocause them to regenerate after injury. Also, the ways of reproducing genes and copyingDNA could help in finding cures for certain diseases and disorders.Scientists can take DNA from healthy cells and copy it then inject it into an unhealthy cellto cancel out the ?bad? genes. I do not agree with the use of cloning for human purpose in order for parents to?choose? their child. First, by reproducing characteristics that parents desire would foulup the diversity of society. If everyone was able to choose what characteristics his or her child would have, most people would opt for the characteristics of famouspeople who are either extremely smart or who are incredibly good looking. Thegeneration of the ?clone people? would be so similar in ways of thinking and in personalityand the world would become a very boring place, if that were the case. Besides the worldbecoming very boring, there are other factors to consider. The replication and copying ofDNA can sometimes cause damage to the genetic code. In this case, it is possible forgenetic disorders arise. If a sample of DNA is taken from a younger person to copy, thatperson could be carrying a code for some sort of disorder whose symptoms would notshow until later in the person?s life. Therefore, the exact code that would be copied tomake another human carries that disorder. I think the new breakthrough is very interesting and has many unansweredquestions.. There are many things that need to be sorted out such as who can use cloningand how it will be controlled so it does not cause problems. It would be terrible to seesuch a great breakthrough be abused by the wrong people.