Is Human cloning playing God?
There are many ethical questions that must be answered before cloning becomes a reality. Many of these questions are difficult to answer because all of the facts are still unknown because cloning itself is still in its early stages as a science.
True human cloning involves taking a somatic cell from a person and removing its nucleus. Then the nucleus of a fertilized egg cell is removed and placed in the somatic cell. This is impossible in humans right now because the somatic cells are too specialized and there are many genes that have been switched off in them that we do not know how to turn them back on. However this process was done with frogs. The eggs were implanted with the nuclei from the intestinal lining of tadpoles. Most of these frogs died or grew into monsters but the ones that did grow normally were sterile.
Embryo splitting or blastomere separation is what is most commonly
Then after nine months the couple would have their dream child. Then zona pellucida (a protective covering for the egg) is punctured or removed and the blastomeres are separated from each other. Embryo splitting could also be used to rid the world of genetic diseases. Each blastomere is then covered with an artificial zona pellucida. A possibility for human cloning that has been proposed is that of the embryos that were cloned and not implanted would be frozen for use in a catalog. In this situation infertile couples could buy a cloned embryo that was stolen or was to be discarded in order to have a child. Well, a lot of the ethical issues depend on opinions or perspective religious views. When embryos are in the early stages of development they start to divide into cells called blastomeres. Then prospective parents could choose the child that they want, order its embryo, and implant it into the woman's womb. They used embryos that contained too much genetic information and got as far as 32-cell divisions in some the embryos. Would you be willing to have a cloned child Even if you or your spouse were infertile, there are still options other than cloning. The child that was born from a cloned embryo would have a picture taken of himher and placed in a catalog along with a description of the child. One could clone their embryo and test one of the clones for a genetic disease.