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Wednesday, October 24, 2007

More on the Two Types of Cloning

By using one stem cell from an IV-B, researchers can create millions of additional stem cells of the same type. For example, if a blank egg cell is united with the DNA from a person’s kidney cells, the result will be the creation of duplicate kidney cells containing the exact DNA of the donor. The cloned kidney cells will not grow a heart, lung, or other organ cells. This type of cloning is useful whenever many cells are needed at one time, as when doctors need to grow a patch of skin for a patient who has suffered a severe burn. These SCNT cloned stem cells may be used to replace a missing element or a dysfunctional cell, but they cannot be used to create an entire human being.

Scientists have been learning how to clone certain body parts (i.e.: an internal organ) through SCNT. Being able to grow rejection-free transplant tissue and organs would be an incredible breakthrough in science and medicine. But don’t worry about them creating a Frankenstein using SCNT. Even if science cloned every organ, tissue, blood vessel, muscle, nerve, bone, etc. in the human body, the parts would still have to be assembled perfectly and made to function as a whole.

Those who are opposed to cloning and blastocystic stem cell research may be thinking that reproductive cloning may produce an entire human being designed in a manner that causes original humans to be considered inferior. It’s true that we could take a cloned blastocyst, place it into a uterus and allow it to move forward through the stages of gestation and be brought to full-term. That is what scientists did in 1996 to clone Dolly the lamb from a single mammary cell of an adult sheep to create an almost perfect clone. However, it was no easy task. It took 42 attempts before one Dolly was born. Scientists have also created dogs, cats, horses, donkeys, cows, pigs, rabbits, mice, rats, and goats, but no primates. Reproductive cloning can be done, but it may not be biologically possible with humans. Human DNA is much more finicky and the molecular structure of human eggs is easily damaged during cloning. Additionally, human cloning has serious ethical and social implications since we do not know the results such experiments might return. What would be the fate of a severely deformed scientifically-created human? What if an experiment produced an illness that could be transmitted to future generations? I do not support or see the need for reproductive cloning in humans. However, I do support SCNT cloning due to its enormous therapeutic value.

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