Who would have guessed that science could progress so far as to producing human embryos? Well it’s been done! I was reading the BBC news earlier and I came across this article on cloning. The concept is similar to the one used with Dolly the sheep, however a lot more expensive. The embryos are used as a source of stem cells which can then go on to make new heart muscle, tissue cells etc.
A team of scientists have managed to produce an embryo with 150 cells. It seems surreal, however, the concept isn’t too difficult to understand. In simple terms, a female’s egg is taken and most of the DNA is removed from within the egg. The egg is injected with the cells of another human being’s skin. Then, with the combination of chemicals and electrical impulses, the cells develops into an embryo.
A five day old embryo is far from a new born baby, however could it be done? Here, in the UK, it’s illegal due to the differentiation between therapeutic and reproductive cloning, however some countries may allow it. We’re still many years away from mastering yet another medical miracle, however if it was to be completed successfully, would you opt for your very own clone, or are there far too many ethical issues concerning this matter? Growing your very own clone to harvest vital organs from seems far fetched, surely, however who’s to say people may not vote in favor for this?
This can be a good thing however, we can clone endangered species to prevent mass extinctions, and help biodiversity, rather than to play about with the moral dilemmas of cloning human beings. Many people will also oppose this, as they’re not in favor of scientists trying to play God, religious opposition will rise due to this discovery, however there are two sides to every story.
Could cloning be the solution to deathly diseases, and heart attacks?