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"Have a bias toward action- let's see something happen now. You can break that big plan into small steps and take thefirst step right away" (Indira Gandhi). Many people are against the thought of cloning humans without any knowledge of the cloning process. The positives of cloning greatly outweigh the consequences that are associated with it. Cloning could be very beneficial for mankind if scientists were allowed to explore to its full potential.
A clone is "an exact genetic copy of a gene, a cell, or a whole organism" (Leone, 11). Scientists have been experimenting with cloning for many years. It has been considered "technological" and unethical (Bender, 33). It all began in 1938 with an embryologist, Hans Spemann. He "suggested the possibility of removing an egg cell's nucleus and replacing it with the nucleus from the cell of an embryo" and atfirst, he was laughed at for his theory (Human Cloning). Then his theory was tested to see if it could be successful. In 1952 Robert Briggs and Thomas King took the nucleus of a frog embryo and put it into a frog egg. They were unsuccessful, but " it was regarded as an important step in the development of cloning" (Human Cloning). John Gurdon did the same experiment in 1967 and it was successful. In February of 1997, at the Roslin Institute in Edinburgh, a team of scientists led by Ian Wilmut successfully cloned a sheep. This breakthrough spiked many controversies about the experimentation of cloning humans. Bans and fines were placed on anyone that have tried to clone a human, but there have been some changes since then.
Many politicians have looked down on cloning mainly because they don't truly understand the concept. Research on both therapeutic and reproductive cloning was banned in the United States. Therapeutic cloning is when a nuclear transplantation of a patient’s own cells to make an oocyte from which immune-c…

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