Cloning - The Path to Perfection?

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Cloning: The Path to Perfection? Most of us have seen the movies with humans having super powers, able to heal by themselves, or have high IQ’s that no others possess. When we sit down and enjoy these types of futuristic movies, is this a real possibility for our future in the next decade or two? Cloning is one of the most widely talked about topics in the world. It is one topic that evokes a great public response worldwide. The defenders of cloning believe that cloning and genetic engineering will be the answer to most of the diseases in the future. On the other hand, the people against cloning view it as ‘playing God’. Cloning is the process of making a genetically identical organism through nonsexual means (Freudenrich). Cloning actually started around 5000 B.C. when early humans discovered that if they plant seeds produced by the heartiest plants, the next crop will be a strong one (MSNBC). Since then scientists have been experimenting on different plants, animals, cells, and embryos. Human cloning is a prospect no longer left to the realm of science fiction; rather it is a modern possibility. In 1997, embryologists in Scotland cloned the first mammal, a sheep named Dolly. In 2000 Oregon researchers reveal the existence of Tetra the cloned monkey. Tetra was different from Dolly because he was made by splitting a very early embryo and actually had a mother and a father. In 2002 Texas A&M researchers announced they have cloned a domestic cat. In 2003 Italian scientists said they have created the world’s first cloned horse. In 2004 South Korean and U.S. researchers say they have cloned a human embryo and extracted embryonic stem cells from it. This experiment is the first published report of cloned human stem cells which means that therapeutic cloning is no longer a theory but a reality (MSNBC). Advancements of these cloning experiments are
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