Parents' Role in Development of Cloned Children

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The successful cloning of Dolly the sheep was a new promise for potential cloning of human beings for medical research and reproductive assistance. The field of bioengineering is driven by genetic research with a goal of improving human life expectancy. The process of cloning includes duplicating the existing genetic information of a person, which is used to create a new organism with the same DNA. A nucleus from an egg cell is removed and replaced with a nucleus of a somatic cell of a person being cloned, which is implanted in a surrogate mother for development (Kass 321). The concept of human cloning is controversial in regards to its ethical dimension and the potential risks it can have on humanity. Our society is highly dependent on the development of children with respect to their academics and parents hope nothing more than to see their children be successful in their lives. Henry Maier's, “The Core of Care: Essential Ingredients for the Development of Children at Home and Away from Home,” emphasizes child-care as a prominent part of their development and how the manner parents raise their children influences their behaviors and psychological well-being. The elements presented by Maier and the ethical guidelines in our society will be essential in assessing human cloning in regards to the development of children; it will provide information regarding the safety and the execution of bioengineering. Although human cloning may help sterile couples in having their own genetically similar baby and be a source for treatment and tissue transplants, the risk of physiological harm and the loss of freedom and individuality could damage the growth of cloned children and have detrimental effects on their psychological, social, and intellectual development. Sterile couples would provide the necessary assistance and motivation to their cloned children throughout their
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