Should Pets Be Cloned? Essay

1489 Words Dec 26th, 2012 6 Pages
| 2012 | | Macquarie University
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[You decide ESSAY: `should pets be cloned? `] | Tutor` Name: Prof. Helena NEVALAINEN Tutorial Name: CBMS880- Medical and Molecular Biotechnology |

Animal cloning is getting popular by scientists day by day after the success of the sheep Dolly which was the first animal clone in the world. Dolly was created effectively by Roslin Instute scientist in Edinburgh (TechNyou) and she was euthanized when she was six year old due to a virus-induced lung tumour (Mott M., 2004). Even though the relevant scientists report that there is no evidence that cloning might be the cause of the disease of Dolly (Mott M., 2004), most of the scientists agree that cloning animals cannot be
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O., 2012). They state that there is no doubt about that each cloned animal has its own unique and individual personality (Singer E., 2009). If we consider identical twins that have the same DNA, it does not mean that they have exactly the same personalities. Hence it shows that if twins are grown up in different environment factors even their appearance (height, weight etc.) could be different. Dr Lee from RNL Bio Company said to one of the cloned dog owner: `We can give your dog its body; but you are going to give him the love and environment to recreate the personality of your original dog` (The Telegraph, 2008). It was evident that, some people do not even want to live with cloned animal because of the change of their pets’ personality. An example is Ms Hawthorne who is the owner of cloned dog said that the cloned puppy is delicate and aggressive but my dog Missy was robust and completely calm (Konigsberg E., 2008).

Pet owners also should be aware of that there might be some cloning mistakes for example the clone animal probably will have one or more diseases. They need to be informed that the most of the bioethics experts from different universities reported that cloning causes animals to suffer and spending $50.000 dollars for cloning a cat by putting the new one at medical risk of dying is absurd and unethical (American Anti-Vivisection Society, 2005). According to different laboratory statistics, after cloning by somatic cell nuclear transfer,

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