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    Should we learn to clone body parts?

    Should we develop the science of cloning human body parts? Mind you, I don't mean the cloning of an entire human being, just organs. The advantages would be vast. If someone has a bad heart, liver, lung, kidney, or some other organ, it would be possible to grow and transplant a replacement, which is genetically designed for that person. There would be no anti-rejection drugs needed. We also would not have to wait for someone to die who has donated an organ.

    However, cloning is scary. Are we being like a Dr. Frankenstein here?

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    Re: Should we learn to clone body parts?

    Quote Originally Posted by Luna Tick View Post
    Should we develop the science of cloning human body parts? Mind you, I don't mean the cloning of an entire human being, just organs. The advantages would be vast. If someone has a bad heart, liver, lung, kidney, or some other organ, it would be possible to grow and transplant a replacement, which is genetically designed for that person. There would be no anti-rejection drugs needed. We also would not have to wait for someone to die who has donated an organ.

    However, cloning is scary. Are we being like a Dr. Frankenstein here?
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    Re: Should we learn to clone body parts?

    If we can pull off cloning for more then a few months (or whatever the longest we've had a cloned organ/animal survive) then sure. It'll save lives, and it will allow us to explore now fields of medicine.

    If we can perfect it.

    Just a question though. Say someone needs a new heart due to heart disease. Wouldn't it be, in this case, counterproductive to clone the sick heart, and give the person that clone? We would end up making minute changes in the DNA to make the new clone more efficient, right? Otherwise thats just a band-aid solution...
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    Re: Should we learn to clone body parts?

    Quote Originally Posted by Luna Tick View Post
    Should we develop the science of cloning human body parts? Mind you, I don't mean the cloning of an entire human being, just organs. The advantages would be vast. If someone has a bad heart, liver, lung, kidney, or some other organ, it would be possible to grow and transplant a replacement, which is genetically designed for that person. There would be no anti-rejection drugs needed. We also would not have to wait for someone to die who has donated an organ.

    However, cloning is scary. Are we being like a Dr. Frankenstein here?
    Hell yes we should. Imagine being able to grow perfect body parts to replace war injuries or birth defects, with no chance of rejection and no need to remain on immunosuppressors for the rest of your life.

    Hell yes we should.






    ...that said, how about designer body parts
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    Re: Should we learn to clone body parts?

    If it can be done ethically, yes. By which I mean no living humans or viable embyos come to harm. We've apparently got a few more issues to solve before this is feasible though.

    I would be against cloning whole humans for body parts, of course.

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    Re: Should we learn to clone body parts?

    Quote Originally Posted by Luna Tick View Post
    Should we develop the science of cloning human body parts? Mind you, I don't mean the cloning of an entire human being, just organs. The advantages would be vast. If someone has a bad heart, liver, lung, kidney, or some other organ, it would be possible to grow and transplant a replacement, which is genetically designed for that person. There would be no anti-rejection drugs needed. We also would not have to wait for someone to die who has donated an organ.

    However, cloning is scary. Are we being like a Dr. Frankenstein here?
    Frankenstein took old (dead) parts and made a person (well, a "creature"). Seems like this is the opposite.

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    Re: Should we learn to clone body parts?

    Quote Originally Posted by repeter View Post
    If we can pull off cloning for more then a few months (or whatever the longest we've had a cloned organ/animal survive) then sure. It'll save lives, and it will allow us to explore now fields of medicine.

    If we can perfect it.

    Just a question though. Say someone needs a new heart due to heart disease. Wouldn't it be, in this case, counterproductive to clone the sick heart, and give the person that clone? We would end up making minute changes in the DNA to make the new clone more efficient, right? Otherwise thats just a band-aid solution...
    It depends on the reasons the heart was sick. If it became ill due to the environment such as smoking, poor diet, too much alcohol, then the cloned heart would be fine (until the person ruined it with bad habits again, which hopefully he or she would not do this time around). If the heart was sick due to a genetic defect, then you're correct. I clone would just be another defective heart unless we could somehow alter the code to correct the defect.

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    Re: Should we learn to clone body parts?

    Quote Originally Posted by Luna Tick View Post
    It depends on the reasons the heart was sick. If it became ill due to the environment such as smoking, poor diet, too much alcohol, then the cloned heart would be fine (until the person ruined it with bad habits again, which hopefully he or she would not do this time around). If the heart was sick due to a genetic defect, then you're correct. I clone would just be another defective heart unless we could somehow alter the code to correct the defect.
    I really don't know enough about organ transplants to know the answer to this, but if we change the DNA sequence of the clone heart, taking away the genetic heart disease problem, will that still require the anti-rejection medication?
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    Re: Should we learn to clone body parts?

    Absolutely we should, assuming we can do it perfectly. There's nothing scary about cloning whatsoever, it's just one of many things we ought to be working on.
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    Re: Should we learn to clone body parts?

    They essentially already do this.

    It's more growing body parts than cloning though.
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