Reproductive human cloning is a form of asexual reproduction done in a lab, not by a sperm fertilizing an egg. This issue has been a hot topic for the past decade after Dolly the sheep was cloning in Scotland. Dolly was the first cloned mammal, whose very existence created much heat in the general public (Hansen, 2004). Many people believe that cloning is ethically immoral and should never be done, but others think that scientific advances can greatly cure diseases. Michael Soules, a professor and director of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the University of Washington, concurs with the idea that reproductive human cloning is unethical. He further explains that the success of cloning depends on the species.
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They concluded that the vast majority of pastors were against human cloning, because it assumed scientists played the role of God and that it was against God’s will. They also believed that scientists who took such actions would be punished by God. Similarly enough, a majority of scientists thought human cloning was unethical as well, but their reasoning was more vague. Some said, “I find reproductive cloning unethical,” or “It should never be done for any reason.” None of them had responses that involved God, or any creator or deity. Some focused on the potential of therapeutic cloning. In the context of progress and potential, scientists seemed optimistic of therapeutic cloning. Therapeutic cloning is the process of growing human tissue or organs to help cure diseases and cancers. The scientists believed that it would help save many lives. Others believed that human cloning is inevitable (Weasel & Jenson, 2005).
Human cloning can also have other negative effects besides health problems. The authors of, “Human Clone: Who Is Related To Whom” claim that cloning would “devalue genetic distinctiveness.” The idea that everyone is unique would not apply anymore since a human clone would be a genetic replica of their parent. The authors also stated that the clones might be treated like products in a commercialized business