Animal Cloning

Is animal cloning worth the risk?

Background Information

  • The term cloning describes processes that can be used to produce genetically identical copies of an animal. The copied animal is called a clone.
  • Cloning uses the same approach as twinning, but it is carried out in a Petri dish instead of inside the mom.
  • When scientists clone a gene, they isolate and make exact copies of just one of an organism's genes, instead of all of its DNA.
  • A common belief is that a clone, if created, would magically appear at the same age as the original. This is not true at all.
  • Many clones live long healthy lives.
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Pros

  • We can use clones for food
  • Dolly's ( a cloned sheep) milk has proteins that can heal human blood clotting
  • We can keep some animals from going extinct
  • They could clone animals with unique characteristics and make a whole new species
  • The organ donor waiting list can be terminated

Cons

  • Costs of animal cloning are extremely high
  • Many people think cloning is taking the role of god
  • The meats, furs, and milks that cloned animals provide have not yet been tested for safety
  • 85% of cloning attempts fail
  • The food supply in an ecosystem good be messed up

Final thoughts

I believe that animal cloning is not worth the risk. I feel it should be made a little bit safer before it is used on humans or anything else.

Bibliography

  • "Cloning." Opposing Viewpoints Online Collection. Detroit: Gale, 2015. Opposing Viewpoints in Context. Web. 11 Dec. 2015.
  • "Fast Facts About Animal Cloning : End Animal Cloning." Fast Facts About Animal Cloning : End Animal Cloning. N.p., 2010. Web. 10 Dec. 2015.
  • Lombardo, Crystal. "Cloning Extinct Animals Pros and Cons - Vision Launch." Vision Launch. N.p., 12 Dec. 2014. Web. 15 Dec. 2015.