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11. Posted by areinstein (Travel Guru 2788 posts) 11y

Quoting Wocca

My medical knowledge is limited really to practical first aid treatment.

And my medical knowledge is limited to calling 911 if medical assistance is required .

12. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 11y

Quoting Wocca

Let's try this one from different angles ...

Do you consider cloning as a threat to society ?

Is cloning of humans immoral?

No I do not consider it a threat, but with all new advances/technology..it depends on whose hands it falls into, some people are not always altruistic;)

Personally I do not find it immoral..if my child were dying and needed a donor...no match could be found...prehaps a cloned organ/skin etc would work? I would without a doubt want to try it.

I know there are people to whom it is unacceptable, people who will not even take blood or blood products. I respect their views and would not force anyone to do anything that they feel is immoral...They question is, Who actually gets to decide these things? Individuals? Doctors? Law makers? Special interest groups? Religious groups? Where is the line drawn??

13. Posted by Peter (Admin 5789 posts) 11y

Quoting CupCake

The question is, Who actually gets to decide these things? Individuals? Doctors? Law makers? Special interest groups? Religious groups? Where is the line drawn??

Society has to decide what is appropriate sometimes. Somehow it is always decided. We can't leave it up to individuals, otherwise we would still have houses being built with Asbestos, fridges being made with CFCs and slavery in the cotton fields.. Just to say, not all matters should be left to individuals to decide.

Things like cloning have the potential to affect the people around us (hmm, imagine identitiy theft taken a step further ;)) and as such require society's attention. Stem cell research for medical purposes I can live with, but creating a human being just to cut out their heart when they're old enough I can't.

The way I see things:
Reproductive cloning - No way
Embryo cloning - Only if we're at risk of dying out as a human race. Fat chance.
Therapeutic cloning - Seems like a pretty good idea to me. Worth pursuing.
Animal Reproductive Cloning - Scary and I can't see the point
Reviving extinct animals from their DNA - Well, I would like to see a Tasmanian Tiger be brought to life! I could live with that. But no dinosaurs please - I've seen Jurassic Park!

14. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 11y

Quoting Peter

Things like cloning have the potential to affect the people around us (hmm, imagine identitiy theft taken a step further ;)) and as such require society's attention. Stem cell research for medical purposes I can live with, but creating a human being just to cut out their heart when they're old enough I can't.

The way I see things:
Reproductive cloning - No way
Embryo cloning - Only if we're at risk of dying out as a human race. Fat chance.
Therapeutic cloning - Seems like a pretty good idea to me. Worth pursuing.
Animal Reproductive Cloning - Scary and I can't see the point
Reviving extinct animals from their DNA - Well, I would like to see a Tasmanian Tiger be brought to life! I could live with that. But no dinosaurs please - I've seen Jurassic Park!

Ha! Peter that was fabulous! ;)
I should have been clearer..not once in anything I have ever read said anything about cloning an entire human...just 'parts', which I see absolutely nothing wrong with, especially since so few people are organ donors. Animal reproductive Cloning...what about species that are on the verge of becoming extinct because of humans? I would have to say yes to that too...I agree with you 100% about dinosaurs though! :)

15. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 11y

I'm all for cloning.

When I don't want to go to work (such as today), I'd simply send in my clown...um clone to sit there and look stupid instead of me!

Seriously, I don't know much about it. But what I do know, I don't like.

It is as close to "playing God" as we can get, which is something we shouldn't do.

16. Posted by Peter (Admin 5789 posts) 11y

Quoting CupCake

Animal reproductive Cloning...what about species that are on the verge of becoming extinct because of humans? I would have to say yes to that too...I agree with you 100% about dinosaurs though! :)

But what's the point in trying to save a species when all you would be doing is creating a defected version of them? I much prefer protecting other species (think 'pre-eminent strike') than I do reviving them to help alleviate our guilt.

Then again, as James says, someone to fill in on 'sick days' wouldn't be so bad and while we're at it, we could build an iPod into them, so they can sing my music library back to me.

17. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 11y

Quoting Peter

But what's the point in trying to save a species when all you would be doing is creating a defected version of them?

I was thinking of things we have either hunted to extinction, or because of our ever expanding habitats-have destroyed theirs. Things that die out, or will die out (like cheetahs, who have inter-bred because there are so few left...they are all closely related, and any genetic defect will probably be the end of them) I don't think we can do a thing for.

Quoting Peter

I much prefer protecting other species

I was thinking of that too, with the animal embryonic cloning...Pandas for example...those female Pandas are just too damn picky!! Most of the time they can't even get them to mate! But I don't know if that is what you meant?

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