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DNA The Stuff Life is Made Of In 1995 at the Roslin Institute near Edinburgh Scotland the birth of two lambs heralded what many scientists believe to be a period of revolutionary opportunities in biology and medicine Megan and Morag both carried fully to term by a surrogate mother were not produced from the union of a sperm and an egg Instead their genetic material came from cultured cells originally developed from a nine-day-old embryo That made Megan and Morag genetic copies or clones of the embryo The success of this experiment led researchers to clone animals from cultured cells taken from a 26-day-old fetus and from a mature ewe The cells from the ewe gave rise to Dolly the first mammal to be cloned from an adult The announcement of the cloning of Dolly in February of 1997 attracted an enormous amount of attention Perhaps this is because the cloning of Dolly drew attention to the theoretical possibility of cloning humans This possibility leaves many people wondering just how far scientists should delve into these new possibilities Genetic engineering will make it possible to wipe out virtually every disease known to mankind allowing humans to live much longer fruitful lives First many people think genetic engineering is a very bad idea People feel that it is not up to the human race to play God When it is time for someone to die humans should not interfere the ill person should give up and die Does not the human race already play God though Scientists have discovered that chemotherapy and radiation can cure many forms of cancer Scientists have also learned how to transplant various organs in the human body They have even learned how to take organs out of animals such as a pig thus prolonging the life of the ill person All of these medical discoveries prolong the life of a human thus going against the will of God There is
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