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Is cloning really cheating?

Shouldn't we be attempting to make life from scratch? Is it a problem of an inferiority complex (e.g., if you think you can you are right, but if you think you can't you are also right!) ...OR is it a fear of putting the kibosh on our emerging robotics industry? I've asked this question in Biology and Philosophy but are there religious considerations?

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  • 8 years ago
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    Yes, it is clearly cheating. There is no other possible answer.

    We absolutely should be attempting to make life from scratch! A wise man [it was one of the old conspiracy dudes on X files] once said, "The best way to predict the future is to invent it."

    What cloning represents is a failure of imagination.

    Just think, we could create and train the species that replaces us. We could be their "gods" until they reach the age of reason, at which point we would fly off in our space ships, and leave them to debate our existence! It would be thought-debate, of course, because they would be telepathic. That part is obvious.

    Later, they would have a heck of time trying to understand the religious significance of the giant garbage mounds that were globally characteristic of our species.

    But really, how do we know whether a Human can create something better than Humanity, unless we try?

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  • We can't make life from scratch.

    Is cloning cheating? Let's put it this way all clones so far have had serious health issues. Missing genes etc. Not one has been superior in life to the original. A sheep named Dolly made headlines around the world. What was special about Dolly? She was the first mammal successfully cloned from an adult cell, taken from a ewe's mammary gland. Before Dolly, scientists had for decades cloned animals from embryonic cells. Few thought that it was possible to reprogram a cell from an adult mammal to generate another animal in its exact genetic image. But there were problems in her.

    Any group of farmers who permitted their best stock not to breed, and let all the increase come from the worst stock you can imagine how food, stock would degenerate. Doesn't even make sense to do that.

    We see that in corn and other hybrid food it loses more of it's nutritions as it goes along even though we produce more less prone to certain insects and disease. Is it worth it to have less healthy food and it getting worst just so some can make more money? Is the world being feed more? No. And it will get worst. Studies show worst all the time if honest in them.. Do we think it will be any better for humans if it isn't for plants and animals? I think it's best to leave it to God--he knows what is needed for man--to bad we don't listen.

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  • 8 years ago

    "Shouldn't we be attempting to make life from scratch?"

    We are and have - look up some of the relatively recent but extraordinary advancements in synthetic biology. Laboratories have already constructed simple cells using base materials.

    Some laboratory engineered microbes can be designed in such a way as to produce petroleum. In the next 30 or 40 years, expect this to be the way in which many of our fuel shortages are solved.

    Watch this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rut3voCYbJ4

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  • 8 years ago

    From what I understand, both cloning and making life from scratch are advanced.

    It's two different branches of biology, they have different goals.

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  • Ducky
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    8 years ago

    THere is a lot of problems with cloning... we will lack variation among species, as an example. Lack of variation=species dying out.

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  • 8 years ago

    Yes, and we are. Still cloning is also a learning experience.

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  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    Science scares Christians at first. But then they adapt.

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