Cloning is a public issue because it can be
abused. The same techniques which allow
researchers to grow a new pancreas from a
patient's DNA for transplantation can
theoretically be used to grow an entire new
person who is genetically identical to the
patient. In addition, before growth has begun, in
theory the DNA can be modified so that the
clone is mostly identical but has certain
characteristics adjusted (improving muscle growth
or height or removing a genetic disease). This
is morally very scary territory and the ethical
issues are literally larger than life.
What if people started cloning children who
died? What if they cloned their pets? What if
people who were dissatisfied with their lives or
their age or health chose to clone themselves and
start life over?
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