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Re: Is Cloning Morally Ethical?

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Posted by H on January 13, 1999 11:09:56 UTC

This post raised another issue which I ponder often. But I'll get to that after addressing cloning. I believe, but its not a strong belief as I don't know much about this issue, that cloning could be used for good but would probably be used for bad. Its something that is here, the question is how will we as a species deal with this dilema. From an uneducated perspective, erroring on the side of caution and taking it slow seems to be the best approach. The issue mentioned at the top of my passage was that of free-will. Two issues were braught up in the previous post, that of genetics and that of environment. Person A is composed of specific genetics and born into a certain environment. Person B is composed of different genetics and born into the same environment. Person C is composed of the same genetics and born into a different environment. The crux of this is the following: Could person A be a gangster who commits murder on the streets, another person is a successful lawyer or doctor who is cloned, hence person B, and turns out to be a gangster as well? Or vice-versa, the gangster grows up to be successful in a different environment. This issue raises many questions about our society, and ultimately the issue of a "god". For if someone would be different if born in a different environment, than surely they couldn't be damned to hell for their crimes.

H

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