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Cloning Essay

  • Submitted by: Rogerdoger
  • on March 24, 2012
  • Category: Psychology
  • Length: 2,094 words

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“We have arrived at that brave new world that seemed so distant in 1932 when Aldous Huxley wrote about human beings created in test tubes in what he called a hatchery. In recent weeks, we learned that scientist have created human embryos in test tubes solely to experiment on them. This is deeply troubling”.   President George W. Bush, August 9, 2001

      Aldous Huxley’s book speaks of the future of the human race. In this future, people are made in bottles and conditioned to do predestinated work. People are taught to serve the production. This book presents a portrait of a society, which is superficially a perfect world. At first inspection, it seems perfect in many ways: it is carefree, problem free and depression free. All aspects of the population are controlled: number, social class, and intellectual ability, which are all carefully regulated. The real question throughout the entire book is: at what cost is this perfect world coming at? The answer is quite obvious. The cost is high and this cost leads to a moral and ethical question: should society allow for genetically altered or engineered babies?

      To address this question it is important to consider therapeutic genetic modification, which is the primary use of genetic engineering in today’s world. Genetic research has advanced in a dramatic fashion in the last decade, to the point where it has now become possible to attempt therapeutic genetic modification, in a few cases of human genes, where a defect exists which show themselves in certain serious diseases. This possibility, known as gene therapy, is only in its infancy. At present, no one knows how effective it will prove to be, even in the few conditions on which it is being tried - whether it will only be of relatively limited application, or whether it will open up many wider possibilities. This technology suffers from both over-optimistic claims from some people and exaggerated dangers from others. It is, of course, not possible to tell...

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