What Are the Disadvantages of Cloning?

The disadvantages of cloning include increased risk of inherited diseases, lack of gene variation, ethics and religious dogma associated with it. The term cloning refers to a number of processes used in producing genetically identical copies of a biological entity.

Increased risk of inherited diseases stems from the fact that all clones share the same genes and thus may be susceptible to a particular type of disease. This may result in one disease wiping out a whole population. Another disadvantage is lack of gene variation. Natural reproduction ensures a combination of different genes resulting in unique individuals.

The cloning debate has attracted opinions across all spheres. Among the religious circle, for instance, it remains a controversial topic. Most governments have been noncommittal in fully embracing cloning for fear of backlash from the electorate.