Cloning, By Aldous Huxley, Brave New World Essay

1488 Words Sep 28th, 2015 6 Pages
Stiff jackets brushed past each other under the fluorescent light while soft baaing trickled from the corner of the room. There was not any hay strewn across the ground, nor was there boarded walls with cobwebs in the corner because here at the moment of its birth, this lamb was a scientific miracle. There, lying in its amniotic sac was the first animal clone, Dolly. Her DNA was an exact duplicate to the Finn Dorset ewe from which scientists took cells (Aldridge). While it’d be of interest to jump the gun to one of the biggest steps in genetics, cloning could draw its history all the way back to 1885 and is even a basis of the critically acclaimed novel by Aldous Huxley, Brave New World. Although a great number of people think of cloning as science fiction, various types of cloning exist and it has been around for longer than the majority expect, although only until recently has it gained so much media exposure.
A common misconception is that “cloning” is some sort of scientific breakthrough, yet on the contrary cloning exists in many forms. Bacteria have undergone “cloning” for three billion years, long before cells ever combined and formed the first animals, although the appropriate word is binary fission. Binary fission is a fairly common process in which inside a bacteria’s nucleus polymerase works to replicate DNA and it ultimately ends in there being two cells or bacteria, both having complete sets of DNA. Cell division is the process for cells and is very much the…

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