Advantages Could be a cure for many things
Disadvantages Science fiction becomes a science fact!!
Hello and welcome to my 49th review on Ciao. You have to admit that embryo cloning really is the stuff of science fiction; you know the scenario you get a clone of a person which is created in a day and looks exactly the same as the person he was cloned from, but yet in some way's is totally different. This was the plot of the film 'The 6th Day' with Arnold Schwarzenegger. Usually in the type of 1950's B movie that used this plot the clone is a nasty side of the person cloned and goes on the rampage. I perceive this as a twisted version of the Jekyll and Hyde story being played out in two separate bodies. That is fiction, but could full human cloning ever be a reality that we take for granted on a day to day basis?Recently the debate has come to the forefront with regards to the benefits of cloning human embryos, if managed properly then the advantages could far outweigh the disadvantages but as with anything else there are catches and issues that must be addressed before anything definite takes place. I will explain further…. if a person had an illness such as liver or kidney disease then a new organ could be grown and effectively a transplant could be done without the need for drugs to force the body to accept the organ. The cells from the donor would be an exact match for the recipient as they would be the same body but with one being a copy of the other. It is also possible that the stem cells could be extracted from the embryo and literally injected into the recipient directly into the area of the failure; the stem cells not only reproduce as a healthy cell cluster but could be programmed to wipe out the affected area that is causing the issue in the first place. Perhaps this will assist in the management of tumours for cancer patients and heart attack victims where a cellular patch job could be performed and applied on the heart tissue itself, in theory you could be in and out of hospital in a day.
In fact this would be true for the vast majority of cells in a person's body that can regenerate. The only exception being teeth that don't follow the regeneration process, just for clarity with the generation process I don't mean Doctor Who changing from Christopher Eccleston to David Tennant, I mean cells that split and keep the object, whatever it is, functioning properly and alive when older cells die. So imagine what we could do, we could cure the blind as we would have new retinas and even going so far as new eyes available for transplant. This would even go so far as to affect the food chain as breed of fish that are endangered species could be cloned from embryo's to re-populate the seas, a good example would be Cod that would benefit from this.Of course that's only the tip of the iceberg; imagine cloning an embryo for military purposes. Governments could breed their own super soldier. That is when this starts to get frightening and the dark side starts to come into play. Imagine families wanting a perfect son or daughter free from any potential hereditary illness that either family may be passing on.
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