Why is cloning a bad idea?
Credit: Digital Zoo Digital Vision Getty Images
Q:

Why is cloning a bad idea?

A:

Quick Answer

Cloning as a technology is considered a bad idea at its current level of development because it raises a number of ethical and biological concerns. These include the non-viability of many cloned fetuses, the development of physiological disorders later in life, the increased susceptibility to communicable diseases and other circumstances.

  Know More

Full Answer

Clones occur naturally in all areas of nature. Any identical twin, human or otherwise, is a clone. Many species of microbes and some species of animal and plants reproduce through cloning. The problems arise from human attempts at creating artificial clones, particularly those of mammals, as the technology is still in its infancy and many factors are unknown.

Well over 95 percent of fertilized clone embryos become non-viable and unable to survive past the initial stages because of genetic defects. Clones that do survive often develop a number of complications later in life, such as abnormally enlarged organs, compromised immune systems and other genetic defects. These factors are troubling ethical dilemmas when applied to the possibility of human clones, as cloning leads to the possibility of human death and suffering.

Experts speculate that clones produced in large number may also all share the same vulnerability to communicable diseases and could be wiped out by a single pathogen. A population with more diverse genetics would prove more resistant. Large populations of clones may also eventually suffer from inbreeding issues.

Learn more about Ethics

Related Questions

  • Q:

    Why is stealing bad?

    A:

    Stealing can lead to an arrest, and it may harm the reputation of a person among his or her peers and friends. Stealing is the act of taking a person's property without their permission with the intention of depriving them. This can be a small item, such as a pen, or something valuable, such as money.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    How are morals and values different?

    A:

    Values are considered a set of common beliefs held by a person or group that have an emotional component and help people decide what is right and wrong. On the other hand, morals are generally accepted on a large scale by entire societies, and classify behavior and action into the broad categories of "good" and "bad." Like values, morals are typically expressed verbally and set standards for acceptable behavior.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What are some examples of bad business ethics?

    A:

    Examples of bad business ethics include criminal activities such as fraudulent accounting practices, tax evasion, larceny and securities fraud, according to Forbes. There are also bad business ethics that are not criminal acts but can lead to civil penalties, such as falsifying a performance review, notes Scott Thompson of Demand Media.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    Why is it bad for cats to drink milk?

    A:

    Though the stereotype of feeding cats a saucer of milk may have influenced the way some humans feed the cats they encounter, adult cats actually cannot properly digest the lactose in dairy products such as milk and cream, making it a bad idea to let an adult cat drink milk. Not only will this lactose intolerance likely cause some discomfort for the cat, but it will also most likely result in diarrhea, vomiting or other symptoms of an upset stomach, which can be unpleasant to clean up. However, even though adult cats are lactose intolerant, this doesn't stop the furry felines from wanting to drink milk, so it is best for cat owners to make sure their pets don't have access to it.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:

Explore