The Ethics Of Human Cloning Essay

1899 Words Oct 8th, 2014 8 Pages
Ethics of Human Cloning Do you believe cloning ethical, or unethical? Do you think animals and humans should have the same rights when considering cloning? What is cloning? “The word clone derives from the Greek term klon, meaning a sprout or twig” (Jackson). It refers to a method of reproduction apart from the parental, sexual-mating process that is characteristic of most organisms. A nucleus extracted from a donor would be transplanted into an unfertilized host egg cell. Many still believe that cloning occurs only in science fiction. For example, in 1978 Gregory Peck starred in a film called The Boys from Brazil. The storyline had to do with a plan undertaken by a group of South American Nazi scientists who wanted to clone a batch of little “Hitlers.” Real cloning, however, has been around for some time – approximately 40 years. For instance, frogs were first cloned from asexual tadpole cells in 1952. “The ewe Dolly (July 5, 1996 – February 14, 2003) was the first animal to be cloned from an adult somatic cell, using the process of nuclear transfer. She was cloned by Ian Wilmut, Keith Campbell and colleagues at the Roslin Institute in Edinburgh, Scotland. Born on July 5, 1996, she lived until the age of six” (Ganesh, G). On July 5, 1996, the Roslin Institute in Midlothian, Scotland made history when they successfully cloned a sheep. The Institute named this sheep Dolly (as in Dolly Parton) because she was cloned from a mammary gland. The technique in which…

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