QUESTION TEXT: Geneticist: Ethicists have fears, many of them…
QUESTION TYPE: Role in Argument
CONCLUSION: It is not realistic to imagine that cloning could produce an army of exact duplicates.
REASONING: Clones must be raised and educated. They will end up different. It’s more realistic to imagine that the wealthy will use clones as an organ bank.
ANALYSIS: The argument is not claiming that there are no problems with cloning. It’s only pointing out that fears of armies of identical clones are silly. The fact that adult clones will not be identical supports this conclusion.
- Not quite. There are still some valid ethical concerns about cloning. For instance, the wealthy could use clones as organ banks. It’s just that fears of an army of identical clones are groundless.
- The argument said that clones could be produced. They just wouldn’t form an identical army.
- The argument didn’t claim that only the wealthy could make clones. It just mentioned the wealthy in order to show one possible use for clones.
- No. The wealthy can use clones as organ banks whether or not adult clones will be identical to the originals. It’s only the idea of making a clone army that doesn’t work if clones will not be identical.
- CORRECT. There are still other valid fears about cloning. But a scary army of identical clones is impossible.
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