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Is cloning ethical?

On a surface level, Ang Lee’s “Gemini Man” is about Will Smith fighting Will Smith. More deeply, it’s about two men confronting one of the most controversial scientific breakthroughs of all times: cloning. Although the first successful case of an animal being cloned from adult cells occurred in 1996, the concept of cloning has been around for quite some time. Some believe cloning is yet another example of human genius while others find it to be an abomination. What do you think? 

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On a surface level, one might wonder “Why clone?” Forcefully creating the twin of an organism seems to be as pointless as wearing a snorkel on an airplane. But as Professor Keith Campbell—the man who cloned Dolly the sheep—puts succinctly, “Because cloning brings new solutions for agriculture, medicine, biology, and ecology.” 

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See, cloning isn’t limited to entire organisms. Scientists have the capability to clone organs, limbs, and a variety of other different body parts that could potentially save someone’s life. Cloning may also be used in stem cell replication; in the research regarding curing diseases; and even in reviving endangered species. It’s not all about some mad scientist’s ego.  

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Believe it or not, the original purpose of plastic surgery was an inspiring one that concerned healing the broken. Now it’s used as a vanity project for people obsessed with bra sizes. Cloning can go the same way (if it isn’t already). For example, people can now pay thousands of dollars to clone beloved pets which, when you think about it, is creepiness on a whole new level. They should just leave sleeping dogs lie (literally). 

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Again, it always seems as if people forget the whole basis of “Jurassic Park.” Don’t screw with nature because it’ll screw with you right back. And guess what? Nature always wins. A species dying off is tragic, sure, but the world knows how to balance itself out. When humans disrupt this balance, things go terribly, terribly wrong. Cloning is dangerous is that it’s playing God far too strongly. Be mindful of what the consequences can be, and tread lightly. 

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