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The biological definition of a clone is an organism that has the same genetic information as another organism or organisms Nash 62-65 From this definition and from information about the science behind cloning my current view on cloning is that it is ethical but should not be used until perfected This statement ignores information about how we can misuse cloning and what consequences occur when the procedure is unsuccessful I doubt however that we will allow cloning to be misused and think most people would probably have this opinion on cloning but their lack of knowledge on cloning or their belief that cloning would be misused is the reason for differences of opinion Thus an elaboration on the history techniques ethics and reasons for researching the technology of cloning is necessary WHAT IS CLONING The first things that must be cleared up are the questions what is cloning and what is a clone A clone is an organism derived asexually from a single individual by cuttings bulbs tubers fission or parthenogenesis reproduction Griffin Roslin Institute Online Parthenogenesis reproduction is the development of an organism from an unfertilized ovum seed or spore Griffin Roslin Institute Online So in other words cloning is any process in which production of a clone is successful Thus the biological term cloning is the production of a genetically identical duplicate of an organism Successful cloning has occurred with livestock The drive toward success is not because livestock like cows and sheep are model organisms Instead the farming industry has made and continues to make a big effort toward finding a way to implement the technique of nuclear transfer for livestock Research in cloning is also occurring in primates The reason for studying primates is for their similarities with humans- large brain opposable thumbs etc This leads to the most talked about aspects of cloning the use of the techniques with human cells and eggs CONTROVERSY Throughout the
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