Clone, Or Not Clone? Essay

1684 Words Jan 23rd, 2016 7 Pages
To Clone, or Not to Clone?
Human cloning, a once impossibility in biological studies, is now surfacing as the next step into the future. According to Katrien Devolder, a founding member of the Bioethics institute of Ghent, human cloning is the creation of a genetically identical copy of a human. The word cloning implies the somatic cell nuclear transfer, a technique that removes the genetic material of a somatic cell and places it into an oocyte that is later treated with an electric current to stimulate cell divisions. Although this technique has never been performed on humans before, animal cloning research and experiments have been taking place for more than a decade. The first successfully cloned mammal, Dolly, a female sheep was almost genetically identical to her somatic cell donor. Her birth was a breakthrough to what seemed to be biologically impossible (Katrien Devolder, 2013). Although Dolly lived a pampered life in the Rosaline institution and mated naturally, she was euthanized at the age of six and a half due arthritis in a hind leg joint, sheep pulmonary adenomatosis, with addition to shorter chromosomes that caused premature aging. (“Cloning Dolly the Sheep,” 2016) After Dolly’s death other successful cloning experimentations on various specious took place. These species included cats, coyotes, deer, dogs, mice, and rabbits. Although some would say that cloning has many benefits, majority would agree that it poses serious medical and social risks. Human…

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