What Is Cloning? The Word Clone? Essay

3127 Words Jan 15th, 2015 13 Pages
Adrianna Snell
Mrs. Williams
English 9 Advanced
19 December, 2014

What is cloning? The word clone means propagate (an organism or cell) as a clone, to make an identical copy of. Clones are organisms that are exact genetic copies. Every single bit of their DNA is identical. Clones can happen naturally—identical twins are just one of many examples. Or they can be made in the lab. In nature, twins form very early in development when the embryo splits in two. When scientists clone an organism, they are making the same genetic copy of the whole organism. When scientists clone a gene, they isolate and make exact copies of just one of an organism 's genes. This may seem strange and difficult, so why clone? A while back an event in genetic history changed our perspective of what we know as "Reproduction" and added to our conscience a new element to the study of Biology. This event immediately caught my interest. It was the birth of a unique sheep named Dolly. Dolly the Sheep. Dolly (July 5, 1996 - February 14, 2003), a ewe, was the first mammal to have been successfully cloned from an adult cell. She was cloned at the Roslin Institute in Midlothian, Scotland, and lived there until her death when she was six years old. Dolly 's existence stuck into my mind and refused to let go. I started considering the true potential of cloning and how it could affect mankind. Ever since the birth of a sheep called Dolly, a question that now lingers in my mind and the mind of…

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