The Future of Cloning…Where do I stand
Grand Canyon University
How did this all get started?
I have always wondered where the idea of cloning things started, and think about the ramifications of what will happen if we as humans take this science too far. It is a fascinating idea and more so the progress we have made in science in the last few decades. But where did the all start? Upon my research according to a cloning time line (Batra, 2010); cloning dates back to the early 1300’s when Romans artificially inseminated their horses to make stronger breeds. Since then there has been a wide array of cloning and extreme leaps in science. There are 3 types of cloning, (1) recombinant DNA technology or DNA cloning, (2) reproductive cloning, and (3) therapeutic cloning (US Department of Energy, 2009). I find all of these to be intriguing (Batra, 2010)however, I have mixed feeling on the overall subject.
DNA cloning or recombinant DNA technology is the transfer of a DNA fragment of interest from one organism to a self-replicating genetic element such as a bacterial plasmid. The DNA of interest can then be propagated in a foreign host cell. This technology has been around since the 1970s, and it has become a common practice in molecular biology labs today [ (US Department of Energy, 2009) ]. This type of cloning has numerous uses in which I believe can be helpful in aiding in our health and wellness and medical research. This can be used to treat genetic deformities, or possibly diseases. Scientist also uses this type of cloning to genetically alter food. I am not as opposed to this method of cloning but again I do not feel that it should be taken to an extreme. I feel it is one thing to try and prevent horrible diseases or deformities but it is a whole other story to change eye color or hair color of your unborn child. With all the emphasis our culture has on our looks and bodies I could see this type of cloning...