Cloning in Science Fiction

Cloning is a highly controversial issue but which has arguably been the dream of many scientists from all over the world. Animal cloning has become increasingly popular, although with its downsides, since it has been thought to be able to solve problems in what concerns rescuing endangered species, revive already extinct species and solving genetic problems in herds. The first successful cloning in animals, the well known Dolly the sheep revealed a path in bioengineering that many bioengineers were willing to embark on. Dolly showed that cloning animals could really work. However, many have thought much more about human cloning and animal cloning and their ideas about this process have been put into various movies. Here one can read more about cloning in the entertainment industry.

Cloning in movies usually follows the same storyline and it begins with the great discovery of some scientist who can create life from a cell from another person or animal. At first, most of these movies portray a rather positive side o the story in terms of revealing how beneficial bioengineering could be and what could people do with it. Yet, most of them turn then to the ethical problems that come with cloning, be it human cloning or animal cloning. Animal cloning and its potential negative implications were portrayed in Jurassic Park, the movie about dinosaurs that everyone knows and have seen. Moreover, human cloning is featured in SF movies including Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones, the Expanded Universe or the Clone Wars.

Cloning seems however a much more plausible operation on screen than in real life and this counts for many individuals. Yet, animal cloning did occur in real life and there is hope that it will be useful for the humanity for the time to come and as soon as more development will be recorded in the field of bioengineering.