Positives, Negatives, and Side Effects of Cloning Essay

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Greg Jaffe, a spokesman for the Center for Science in the Public Interest, once said. “one of the issues [I have] had all along with cloning is that just because we can do something scientifically, [does not] mean we should do it.” Just because technology has developed and cloning has a slight chance of becoming successful, does not mean that it should be everyone’s first priority. The positives, negatives, and side effects of cloning should first be thought about. A clone is an “organism that is genetically identical to the unit or individual from which it was derived.” Many think that clones are exact identical twins in both appearance and personality; they are not. As clones grow up, they start emerging different personalities just like …show more content…
These embryos “were implanted into [thirteen] surrogate mothers.” The surrogate mother is the “substitute mother” that carried Dolly and ended up giving birth to her after one-hundred forty-eight days. After she was born, she was kept at the Roslin Institute in the United Kingdom. There were many experiments made on Dolly just to see how a cloned animal can do certain things. One of those experiments was letting her mate with other sheep. She was able to produce normal offspring which shows that animal clones can reproduce. The only problem with Dolly was that she died at an early age. An average sheep lives up to age eleven or twelve while she died at age six. There have been many explanations for her death. Many say that she “suffered from arthritis in a hind leg joint and from sheep pulmonary adenomatosis, a virus-induced lung tumor.” Furthermore, others say that her early death is caused because she is a clone. The genetic material in a nucleus is wrapped into chromosomes that contract every time the cell duplicates. This means that Dolly’s chromosomes were smaller than other sheep’ which may be why she died early. Dolly was a very fortunate experiment since many cloning experiments do not have a good chance of becoming successful. Artificial embryo twinning and somatic cell nuclear transfer, otherwise known as SCNT, are two complex processes used for cloning. They both should result in genetically-identical clones. Artificial embryo twinning

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