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The ethics of human cloning

14 December 2022

The concept and attempts at cloning are not new. However, the birth of Dolly (Lamb 6LL3) in 1997 not only brought the subject into the public domain, but also led to heated debates about the morality, or lack thereof, of applying such a technique to humans. This thesis attempts to critically analyse most of the arguments presented both for and against human cloning. This involves looking at the cloning process itself, the risks involved and the presumed benefits. The author then addresses and sheds light on some of the difficult metaphysical issues of personal identity, dignity and autonomy, which are some of the strongest arguments against human cloning. This work will be particularly useful for those interested in philosophy, bioethics, medical ethics and the application of new biotechnologies to humans and other related fields.