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Have you ever thought about what it would be like to have a clone of yourself It would definitely be bizarre watching yourself grow up all over again In order to obtain that copy of yourself human reproductive cloning would have to take place Human reproductive cloning is the process of taking genetic material from a person and using it to make an embryo in the hopes that it will develop properly and in the end become a child The beginnings of what we today refer to as cloning actually go back to the early part of the twentieth century--1901 to be exact Hans Spemann 1869-1941 was a German embryologist who was a professor of zoology 1919-1935 at the University of Freiburg In 1901 he split a 2-cell newt embryo into two distinct parts successfully producing two different larvae Thompson Recently the issue of human cloning came to the publics attention when scientists from the Roslin Institute announced they had successfully cloned Dolly the sheep in February 1997 Dolly and other cloned animals were produced with nuclear transfer technology Scientists remove the nucleus of an egg retrieved from a female animal They replace it with the nucleus taken from a cell from the animal they want to clone The cell could come from the skin or almost any other part of the body DNA in the nucleus contains hereditary instructions for the new individual Next scientists manipulate the egg to make it begin developing into an embryo Woods Four years after Dolly was produced a TimeCNN poll found that 90 of all Americans opposed cloning humans Ethics of So why if human cloning sounds like such a hot idea do 90 of Americans oppose it Undoubtedly its the moral and ethical ramifications that surround cloning Understand that cloning is not like popping an embryo in the microwave for five minutes and then voila a clone is produced Rather it takes a large number of
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