What is Cloning

There has been much talk about animal cloning and the effects of cloning on humans in recent years but exactly what is cloning? When people refer to cloning they are referring to only one of the various types of cloning and that is the creation of an identical copy of a life form or organ which is known as reproductive cloning in the scientific world. This is one of the types of cloning that has much potential to help humans to recover more quickly from disease and even eliminate it in some instances through organ reproduction and implantation. In addition to this animal cloning has the potential to add to the stores of food that humans can produce an give to those who do not have much food to eat. Though these progresses are most likely to be seen many years in the future the act of cloning animals and organisms has already been realized.

Many people have noted the sheep named Dolly who was successfully cloned in 1997 but this was not the first animal that was successfully cloned. In the early 1950’s tadpoles were the first animals cloned in a lab and every since cloning technology has been developed to be more efficient making human cloning a possibility for the future. When it comes to human cloning many people are opposed to this because they may think that it is personally immoral and against the morals of religion as well. In addition to this many scientists that have successfully engaged in animal cloning have noticed complications and illnesses that are present in the cloned species. For example complications such as cancer and a lower life expectancy were realized in the cloned sheep dolly even though much of the functions of this animal were identical to the sheep she was cloned from.