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Why Not Clone People?

Vera Sirotkina from Russia thinks cloning can have benefits, but she says we need to be careful.

Vera Sirotkina
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I cannot answer all of these questions for others, but I have my own answers, and personally, I totally disagree with cloning.


Progress is inevitable. Nowadays, cloning, the latest ultramodern subject in genetic research, is becoming a controversial issue. Some people are ready to eat cloned fruits and vegetables, but many people express negative attitudes about cloning animals. They think it is morally unacceptable.

Some scientists, however, say cloning animals can have a lot of benefits for humans. Certainly, we don't have to look far to see this. Recently, a young bull was cloned in Texas, the state that produces the best steaks. Cloning could be very important in this business.

Human cloning is controversial.
The question of human cloning is even more controversial. Perhaps a few people--the adventurous types!--would clone themselves. To me, this seems very exciting. Sometimes I wish I could have a twin sister with whom I could share my interests. Why not a clone? But, I am not as excited about cloning as my husband is. He said that he would be very happy to have two or three girls like me!

We need to be careful.
Of course, this is a crazy idea because we do not know about the consequences of cloning experiments. I believe that cloning might have benefits for our society, and attempts to clone humans may help us to survive. But, who knows? Maybe new cloning techniques will create more problems than they will solve. Stability is the most important thing for most human beings, and many people want to ban cloning because they think it could be dangerous. The results could be unpredictable. We need to be careful. We don't want to do it the wrong way and have to admit we made a mistake. There is no question that cloning experiments must be controlled.

  • "Do you really think that he would be a man?"

  • "Who would be responsible for him?"

  • "Do you think he should have the same rights as we have?"

I don't think that we can answer these questions now.

Lastly, we don't know exactly what the meaning of life is. In my opinion, creating life is the duty of nature, and we must not interfere with that task because we can not understand the extremely sophisticated relationships among lives that are defined by nature. Usually these relationships are extremely complex. Sometimes, they seem to be untouchable, and absolutely, they cannot be changed.

From my point of view, we have to look at the natural environment around us. We will see that an ecosystem is composed of a lot of kinds of lives, and each life has its own function within the system. If we interfere with that, I think it could lead to our extinction.

I cannot answer all of these questions for others, but I have my own answers, and personally, I totally disagree with cloning. Even though cloning may have a lot of benefits for humans, I think we should stop cloning because we do not understand it and can not control all of its effects. Maybe in the future, we will be ready to do it, but that time has not arrived.

More on cloning: Stop Human Cloning! | Human Cloning is Beyond Us
Interviews: How would you like to be cloned?

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