Originally Answered: What do u think of HUMAN CLONING and 'playing God'?
The idea of “playing god” in such a case does not seem too feasible to me either. This argument is mainly used by strict religious groups, yet as you say medical treatments are fully backed, not to mention the use of the death penalty in some countries. A heart transplant replaces an organ which is not functioning normally, so what is to stop one from replacing all the organs (ie using cloning)? It is the fact that if this argument is used for cloning, yet not used for the same principle in another field of medicine that invalidates it. I don’t think the argument is feasible. It would be, in my opinion, if there is one person or committee deciding who should be cloned and so on, having the ability to do it however is not playing god.
The only field in which the argument stands its ground is genetics, as picking particular “good” traits to improve future generations. But modifying the whole of the human race is not all a good prospect. Designing a baby in my opinion is immoral, and this is exactly what cloning allows, if used as such. Not to mention significantly reducing genetic variation in the human gene pool and thus vastly increases the chance of one mutation spreading and endangering the very future generations “we” attempted to perfect.
Using such techniques in medicine, for re-growing particular tissue for example, is mainly stem cell research. Manipulating and cloning stem cells to allow for a “store” is more feasible, so that if one day something happens to you, they can aid full recovery. This in my opinion is not quite cloning a human, as a stem cell is not regarded as a living human.
I am against cloning, for many reasons. No procedure to date provides full and problem-free cloning. There are horrific mutations occurring in most of the procedures when cloning animals, imagine your perfect designer baby being a victim of incorrect cloning procedure...
As a matter of fact, dolly the sheep took 277 attempts to clone properly. This gives a probability of 0.4% that a clone is successful, and yet it was not fully successful as dolly the sheep died prematurely. Given that procedures improve, should we even be thinking about cloning until there is a 100% successful method, I think not. Even then, can we have children clones knowing that there is a significant risk that they may die young? If one is cloned successfully, how would they feel knowing that they are not unique, that they are a clone?
If one is cloned using genes from a young person for example, will these genes not continue to develop? Will they not “grow” to give the young newborn traits and possibly looks of a grown person? It is impossible to tell, and is a major problem faced with cloning.
Cloning also costs vast sums of money, and provides too many problems to be worth the money in my opinion, money that could be spent on populations lacking basic healthcare, where they could go a lot further. I back stem cell research but not human cloning; this is all of my opinion of course!