Cloning debate paper

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Friend 1 Stefan Friend Justin Lesniewski English 103-56 5 December 2007 Cloning: Science of Tomorrow Anyone who’s seen The 6 th Day with Arnold Schwarzenegger knows that when cloning finally breaks through life is going to be amazing beyond our wildest dreams. In the movie, set in the not too distant future, technology can bring recently deceased pets back to life. Arnold’s character in the movie has a dog that suddenly dies, and not wanting his little girl to be hurt by the loss he simply has the puppy cloned. If the family cat or dog dies unexpectedly, imagine being able to clone and, not only that, enhance him: shorten his teeth and claws so they are less sharp, alter the hair so it is finer and softer, and even increase life expectancy so that Fluffy lives longer. Oh the miracles of science! I remember as a kid how devastating it was to come home from elementary school, still giddy from the wonders of learning numbers and dinosaurs, only to have my little world torn to shreds because my hamster died. In the eyes of children these little pets are almost like fantastic, magical creatures and not for any particular reason and I know that I would love to be able to keep my children from having that painful experience. Oh, but that’s not all the movies have shown us. Wouldn’t it be wild if the next family vacation could actually be to a real Jurassic Park ; though after seeing the ferocity of T-Rex, I’m not sure if visiting an island populated by the most monstrous lizards to ever walk the earth is really as appealing as it sounds. Even still, the concept is breathtaking. Soon cloning will be just like the movies! Right?? (6 th Day, The ; Jurassic Park ) Actually, perhaps we are getting a bit ahead of ourselves. It’s only been a little over a
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Friend 2 decade since the first successful mammal was cloned – Dolly the sheep. The celebrity sheep was born in 1996 and was an amazing scientific breakthrough. Dolly’s creation was a stepping- stone; researchers have since “cloned a number of large and small animals including sheep, goats, cows, mice, pigs, cats, rabbits, and a gaur” (Cloning Fact Sheet). Although hundreds of cloned animals exist today, technology is still too limited to be worried about waking up tomorrow to show up to a class and meet my clone standing in the doorway. Though, The 6 th Day showed just how confusing life would be with two identical people—one a home-grown human and the other a clone—walking around. Just imagine two people thinking they are the same person, with the same car, job, and family. Lucky for us the movies aren’t coming to life anytime soon. Since Dolly was born, cloning has been a highly controversial topic. Like Einstein’s experiments with atoms before it, cloning is a new advancement that is commonly misunderstood and feared; people inherently fear most what they do not understand. Movies like Jurassic Park glorify cloning and embellish the possibilities of science, presenting a false image
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