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THE ETHICS OF CLONING We simply cannot stand by and allow humans to be copied That would be breaking through an ethical barrier that goes far beyond even the barrier of the atomic bomb Juergen Ruettgers German Research Minister As we approach the three year marker of the first official clone of a mammal from the tissue of another the decision whether it was a good idea or not still ponders in the air Is Dolly really a clone Should we contemplate cloning humans for medical purposes Will it ever happen in our lifetime Who knows the answer to these questions Scientists speculate that Dollys cells that she was originated from came from a pregnant sheep therefore leading to the conclusion that maybe cloning is not exactly possible It has already been proven that pregnant mammals have fetal cells in there blood which cloning from a fetal cell has already been accomplished Since Dolly was supposedly cloned none others have been accomplished since her birth The definition of clone in Websters dictionary consists of these words An identical replication grown from a single cell of the original To clone is to produce an exact match which can never be accomplished once taking into effect the soul of an animal and the personality traits To join a differentiated cell with an egg cell without its nucleus is to unite to very different cytoplasm This forms a new cytoplasms environment for one the egg cell has mitochondria DNA and the other cell does not quite have a characterized DNA Leaving the development of this DNA up to the guidance of embryonic development As a some background information on the night of July 5 1996 a simple animal became the talk of the world From the Roslin Institute in Roslin Scotland Ian Wilmut produced the most unbelievable sight known to this day in genetics work A 145 lb Sheep was born in a shed that
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