Op-ed: The dangers of cloning

Satomi Angelika Murayama, MEng ’20 (ME)

Dolly the sheep’s taxidermied remains. Dolly was the first mammal cloned from an adult somatic cell, using the process of nuclear transfer.

Background on cloning

A diagram showing the cloning process.
Diagram of Reproductive Cloning (Source: Weintraub, 2019)

The low success rate of cloning and its medical complications

A mismatch of the public’s expectations with reality

“We need to realize that cloning would produce a baby, not an adult.”

The ethical and moral concerns that surround cloning humans

“Cloning humans could lead to serious violations of human rights as well as human dignity, and it is up to authorities, laws and institutions to make sure to protect cloned individuals from being exploited.”

Concluding remarks

About the author:

References

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