Feo: Is cloning ethical?

Posted by Feo Amante on Feb 02, 2004 at 16:58

Re: Is cloning ethical? (BubbaGump04)

Short answer: Yes.

Long answer: Depends.

I can use my blender to make delicious, healthy drinks for my family or I can use it to kill small animals for my pleasure.

I'm not being facetituous when I say that ethical technology is in the hands of the user.

Cloning can be valuable in so many ways I can imagine. And I'm sure that other folks have ideas I haven't thought of.

On the other hand, cloning say, a race of human slaves? A clone is still a human being. Being born from the genitals or being born from a C- section or being a test tube baby doesn't impugne your humanity, so why should cloning be way to slight one's rights?

Cloning the healthiest of a species of trees, thus weeding out all of the hereditary mutations that deform or weaken or otherwise destroy it? Very ethical.

Cloning yourself so you can harvest another human for fresh organs for transplant? Unethical.

I'm sure that there may be moral gray areas, but I can't think of any.

I hope this movie, GODSEND, doesn't make the bone-headed mistake of thinking that the cloned boy will be a duplicate personality as well. Cloning, as we now know, won't even give him the same set of fingerprints.

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