For this week’s environmental controversy, we look at the issue of cloning. Using the references below along with resources from your own research, write a 1-2 page response to the questions posed to you. Remember to cite your sources using APA.
The implications of human cloning for spare parts are discussed in your textbook as part of this week’s reading. Opposition to emerging human cloning technologies often depends on whether an entire human being will eventually be cloned or just certain body parts. Most people would strongly oppose the cloning of entire human beings just so they can be harvested for spare body parts. Furthermore, some environmentalists worry that just the cloning of human body parts would indefinitely extend the lives of countless individuals and worsen the problems associated with overpopulation.
Some argue that technologies could eventually be developed that would allow for the cloning of only individual organs or body parts without creating embryos, fetuses, or other entities that could be viewed as distinct persons. Cloning advocates argue that the medical benefits for diabetics, cancer victims, heart patients, and other sick individuals would be enormous.
Use these references to help answer the questions that follow. You may want to also search the Internet for additional resources.
Tattam, A. (1999). Australia considers human cloning for therapeutic purposes. Lancet, 353(9158), 1076. http://search.ebscohost.com.
Panos Zavos, & Leon R Kass. (2001, April). Should humans be cloned? New York Times Upfront, 133(17), 26./p>
Based on what you have read, should we legalize the production of human clones? What arguments most influenced your decision? How would you explain your position to someone who disagrees with you?