Duplicating the Possibilities
Cloning has occurred ever since Adam and Eve walked the earth in biblical times. It occurs naturally and now artificially as well. Although some people oppose cloning, there are plenty of reasons why it’s a good thing. Cloning could result in new scientific advancements. Cloning happens in everyday life as well. It also helps with health and certain kinds of medical research. Cloning makes a lot of different things possible so in a sense we actually need cloning to occur.
Cloning has already led to certain scientific advancements and without a doubt it will end up leading to more. In the book Cloning, it states that Robert Briggs and Thomas King developed the process of nuclear transfer using body cells from frog embryos to produce tadpoles. Throughout the 1950s scientists cloned amphibian. Robert Briggs and Thomas King were the first founders through nuclear transfer (Harris, A Short History of Cloning 28). But since then new scientists have found more ways to clone productively and develop new and improved ways of doing it. Evidence of how far cloning has come is the animals that have been able to be cloned. Scientists have cloned mammals such as the sheep and cow from embryonic cells. The world’s first mammal was cloned from a cell of an adult sheep in 1996 (Harris, A Short History of Cloning 30). The ewe was named Dolly and was cloned from a cell taken from the udder of an adult ewe at the Roslin Institute in Scotland by Ian Wilmut and his colleagues (Harris 30). If they were able to do that fifteen years ago imagine the possibilities there are with today’s technology.
Cloning happens every day. It occurs in our surroundings, it occurs at places we go, it even occurs in us. Plants have cloned themselves for billions of years in a process called asexual reproduction (Harris, Cloning in the World of Plants 22). This process is what allows flowers, shrubs, and trees to reproduce. Without the process the earth would not have...