Monday, November 06, 2006

Cloning...?


Cloning is a highly controversial subject.
It raises many moral and ethical and legal questions to which we are not yet ready to answer.
Lets see what some specialists say about the issue:

Cloning is the process of creating an identical copy of an original organism or thing. A cloning in the biological sense, therefore, is a molecule, single cell (like bacteria, lymphocytes etc.) or multi-cellular organism that has been directly copied from and is therefore genetically identical to another living organism. Sometimes this term can refer to "natural" clones made either when an organism asexual reproduced by chance (as with identical twins), but in common parlance, a clone is an identical copy created intentionally.
To clone or not to clone: that is the question.
The prospect of cloning humans is highly controversial and raises a number of ethical, legal and social challenges that need to be considered.
Why would anyone want to clone humans? Some reasons include:
To help infertile couples have children
To replace a deceased child
From a technical standpoint, before humans are cloned, we need to have a good idea of the risks involved. How sure can we be that a cloned baby will be healthy? What might go wrong?
Find some more information on the given sites

6 Comments:

Anonymous Patrícia 11ºD said...

Cloning is really a subject very discussed mainly among scientists all over the world! We, students, had the opportunity to discuss it! It was very interesting! I seize the opportunity to say that I liked very much ;)
Cloning involves many ethic and moral values... I think that cloning is seen like a way to solve some problems, for example, to help some people have children... But sincerely I think that there are other forms to do it, such as, adoption!! There are many children that their parents had to leave them and these kids need them so much! They should be adopted and treated with all world's love... If we really want a thing, we have to fight against all and find solutions!!
It's only a situation... It's only to show that sometimes we looked for easier things and we don't think about others' feelings...
There are a lot of situations that involve cloning. I chose to talk about this one. I think that my colleagues will talk about others. I hope! :)

See you*

8:02 pm  
Blogger Ofélia Ribeiro said...

I totally agree...cloning involves a very dangreous and darker side.So we must be able to love, and why not love at least one of the so many abandoned children, they need a hug and kisses to develop harmoniously and therefore grow up healthily and be able to become "great" in the future.

12:51 pm  
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1:14 am  
Anonymous Ana Isabel 10ºD said...

Nowadays, the word “clone” is more and more spoken in all world, and there are many scientists and other people that try to discover everything related with clone. The great objective of man is clone human-beings. The mainly reasons of to do a clone is because infertility or to replace a deceased child.
But, there are a lot of risks: many cloning experiments fail, and if the clone survives, problems tend to arise later. So, I agree with Patricia, there are other forms to solve these problems, and a simply way to do it is the adoption.
And, the other reasons for to do a clone, maybe have a simply and a good way to be solved.

10:08 pm  
Anonymous Carla 11ºD said...

The cloning is a process that brings many problems. I am against the cloning.
I think that the cloning leads to an impoverishment of the human diversity - we would be all equal ones; the cloning would lead the problems of discrimination and rejection in the society; a very great percentage of efforts of the cloning finish in the imperfection. In 1996 the Dolly was cloned, had been necessary 277 attempts to produce the Dolly. Due to respiratory problems, the Dolly died early. Some studies say that the cloning can lead the respiratory insufficiency, problems cardiovascular, malformations renal... because clones that do survive often have fatal or problem causing issues in their genes.
Therefore, I think that the cloning isn’t the solution for the parents that want have children, because exist solutions more effectives.
The cloning brings many ethical and moral problems, only that nobody can detain the curiosity of some human beings.

9:50 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think that cloning, it’s a question very difficult to answer because raise many other questions. For example, it’s correct to reproduce a clone of a person that already died, because we loved her? In my point of view, this isn’t correct, because there is an act of selfishness. Nobody guarantee us that the clone has the same personality of the person that died.
However, other example, if a person have an incurable disease, such as cancer, and all her family are incompatible, it’s correct to clone her cells, to save her? In this case, I believe that it’s correct, because, through a transplant of these cells, we can save ill person. However, with this situation we can be addicted in keep the people immortal. Such as, this situation is very, very distant, I think that scientists should spend their time and money in other types of experiments, like us, to find the cure of many important diseases.
Like I said in the beginning of this text, clone or not clone is a question difficult to answer, and, like everyone hasn’t the same opinions and ideas it’s difficult to arrive at a consensus.

Genoveva Carvalho
Nº14 11ºD

8:10 pm  

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