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To Clone or Not to Clone?

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on 12 March 2014

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Transcript of To Clone or Not to Clone?

How is it possible?
The ethical issues surrounding this practice are the problems of the process because of religious issues
Should we do it?
"The controversies are extremely high, but I say
no, no matter the conditions due to the my beliefs
and the uncertainty it pertains."
- Elizabeth Talavera
To Clone or Not to Clone?
Should we clone human tissue to create organs for transplants?

PROS of Cloning
Not having to wait for an organ donor.
What is Therapeutic Cloning and how can we use it to clone organs?
Having to kill embryos, which contain the possibility of life, in order to
Very expensive, can
amount to approximately
$2 million
Continuous proliferation
(increase in numbers) of certain cells can lead to uncontrollable growth or tumors
Possibility of worsening future disease

*For example. if a person treated for Parkinson's disease is left with differentiated cells in the brain for ten years those
cells may develop into a tumor.
Cloning has no formal law regarding it, so
it is technically legal although it is banned in 15 states.
The US has banned spending federal money on cloning and research. However, some states still continue research independently.
More than 30 countries have banned both therapeutic and reproductive cloning.
Anti-abortion forces have stalled federal support of cloning.
By: Elizabeth Talavera
K'taina Gipson
Maria Gomez
Brianna Robles

Reduces chances of rejection from the body due to organs containing the exact DNA.
Prolong a healthy life span, and saves lives.
Messes with the natural balance of nature.
Life is a special gift, technology takes away the divinity of it
Ethics (Cont.)
Getting involved with this practice takes a responsibility to enter with an open educated mindset
Embryos should be treated as full humans from the moment of fertilization
Discussions about cloning are regarding the validity of abortion
It's destroying and harming some of the living (embryos)
"No we shouldn't do it because it's killing potential life and I don't necessarily agree that it's just a little ball of cells."
~ Brianna Robles
"We should do it because, it is saving the lives of humans who are dying and it can expand the life spans of those who need it."
- K'taina Gipson
Organ Scaffolds help research in diseases to find cures, such as cancer, diabetes, and Parkinson's.
Cloning human tissue to create organs for transplant while using the Somatic Cell Nuclear Transfer. Organs will be identical and compatible with the patient.
"I agree because, of the benefits of cloning to both patients and donors and all the good it could do in the medical field."
- Maria Gomez
The nucleus is removed from a human egg cell and the nucleus from a skin cell is inserted.
The skin cell nucleus inside the egg and it begins to divide into new cells. An embryo starts to form.
After a few days the growth of the embryo is halted and stem cells created.
The stem cells are treated with different chemicals and can be transformed into specialized,
genetically identical skin cells that can be
used to create tissue for transplants.

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