The cloning controversy

Susan Ramsay
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How would you feel if there was a person who looked and behaved exactly like you? If some scientists have their way, this actually could happen. Fortunately, until now they have not been able to do it, but I am worried one day they will.

Some people say human cloning is a violation of morality and nature. Others support it. They believe clones can provide healthy organs for organ transplants, for example.

In my opinion, although human cloning might bring some benefits, it would also create many problems. It may be a significant scientific breakthrough, but we need to take everything into account.

If we do create clones in the future, we need to think about their rights. Clones would be human beings like us, not simply providers of organs.

We need to think twice before taking this great step.

Tiffany Ho, The Chinese Foundation Secondary School

From the Editor

Thanks for your letter, Tiffany. Human cloning is certainly an interesting subject from all sorts of perspectives. Psychologists have long argued over what makes an individual - nature or their experiences. Even twins who share the same DNA are not exactly alike, and so it is unlikely that a clone would be exactly like the original.

It would be a terrible world if we were allowed to breed human beings for spare parts. That would be a huge violation of the clone's rights as a human being.

Perhaps we need to look at the world as a whole, and realise there are already too many people.

Susan, Editor