Through the continuation of scientific research involved in human cloning, scientists may be able to unlock the mysteries of genetic diseases, and perhaps lead us to new discoveries concerning the human body. As a result of their research into the genetics of human cloning, scientists are hoping that some day they will find the cure for cancer, diabetes, and possibly Parkinson’s disease. Furthermore, the pursuit of human cloning research may also include other amazing scientific experiments such as cloning proteins from various types of animals and then transferring these proteins to the cells of an infected human patient which could, in turn, help wipe out or cure their genetic disease. In addition, scientists are continuing to
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Dolly is a clone, and the world is a very different place since she was born. “On a soft summer night, July 5, 1996, at 5:00 p.m., the most famous lamb in history entered the world head and forelegs first” (Kolata, 1998, p. 1). But what are some of the other events that have so dramatically changed our history, and stand out in comparison to the concept of cloning?
In the twentieth century, there was the discovery of the quantum theory, the revolutionary finding by physicists that the normal rules of the visible world do not apply in the realm of the atom. There was Einstein’s theory of general relativity, saying that space and time can be warped. There was the splitting of the atom, with its promise of good and evil. In medicine, there was the discovery of penicillin in the 1940s. In 1953, there was James Watson and Francis Crick’s announcement that they had found the structure of DNA, the genetic blueprint. Then came the conquest of smallpox, and the discovery of a vaccine that could prevent the tragedy of polio. In addition, in the 1980s, there was the onslaught of AIDS, which taught us that plagues could afflict us still. But, the event in history that alters our very notion of what it means to be human was the birth of Dolly.
The scientist that was given credit for the birth of Dolly along with his research team at the Roslin Institute in Edinburgh, Scotland, is named Dr. Ian