What Are The Advantages And Disadvantages Of Cloning

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Alchi, Karam. "Adult Cell Cloning." Cloning and Genetic Engineering. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 June 2016. This website tells of some of the advantages and disadvantages of somatic cell nuclear transfer cloning. Advantages would be you can make the optimal animal through cloning, where you can produce the best and healthiest offspring. Genetically engineered clones can be made by introducing human cells into them to produce proteins in their milk, which will give us “medical animals” that can essentially produce medicines. We could save animals from extinction or even bring them animals back from extinction. Infertile couples would be able to have a child. Clones could be used in clinical trials when testing drugs because the clones would have all the same attributes which would allow us to see how the independent variable affects the dependent variables clearly.
Disadvantages include that religious groups argue that cloning is unnatural and against God’s will. This method of cloning is very expensive and requires a lot of skill to do and the equipment required is expensive as well. The method is also difficult and inefficient because many of the clone attempts are unsuccessful. The greatest disadvantage of cloning is since all the clones would have identical genes a
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Many people believe that clones are perfect copies of the original down to every little detail. In reality there are a various degrees of genetic replication. People who would clone their pet will discover that there may be something off about them such as color, behavior, etc. Clones are also separated from the original by time and an unnatural molecular mechanism. 10 years after Dolly’s birth the efficiency of cloning has not improved only being 2 to 5 percent of the eggs end up as a live animal and many of those don’t end up living long either. Dolly was the only clone to survive out of 277

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