The Pros and Cons of Cloning

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Cloning can benefit billions of people if not the whole world. It can create ways to over come a disease or a disorder. It has already been proven to help cure children suffering form ADA. Norman Borlaug has stated that genetic engineering is needed to product the amount of food that is needed in the future. Traditional farmers and ranchers will not be able to keep up with the demand of 8.3 billion people that is to come in about 2025. Biotech acreage will increase because new breakthroughs continue to emerge from the lab and create new improved food such as "super rice". Cloning will also provide a new way to preserve endangered species, such as gaur. This would save millions of lives, and improve the way we eat, and the way live.

Cloning is the production of a group of genetically identical cells or organisms, all descended from a single individual.

The members of a clone have precisely the same characteristics, except where mutation and environmentally caused developmental variation have occurred. The DNA is precisely the same and they are only different by their experiences, which genes could dictate personality (

The medicines and foods that have been created with help of genetic engineering benefit millions of people. Modern gene-splicing techniques, all of this has resulted in life-saving medicines and improvements in the agriculture. There is also argument that genetically engineered products threaten children's health that discourages the use of products that could actually save children's lives (David A. Christopher).

There are some types of natural cloning that nature displays. Some animals have the powers of Regeneration. If the body of certain starfishes is cut up into its five arms, each arm will regenerate a complete individual. Another type of asexual reproduction found in all animals, human beings included,