Cloning in the most basic sense is the production of an organism that is identical to another. In the cloning process, a scientist takes the genetic information of an organism and inserts it into an unfertilized egg cell from a member of the same species. The egg then begins to develop, functioning under the direction of its newly acquired genetic cod, and eventually, a genetically identical organism is created. Cloning has been used for many years to produce plants, however, animal cloning has been the subject of scientific experiments lately. Little attention was given to the possibility of cloning animals until the birth of the first cloned mammal in 1997, a sheep named Dolly. The recent success in cloning animals has sparked debates about the use and morality of cloning animals and possibly humans. This links page includes web sites on basic information about cloning and the ethics (pro and con) behind cloning.
is a Clone?
This page gives basic information on what a clone is and also explains the experimental process and techniques used for cloning certain higher level animals. There are also many good links off of this web site.
This web site addresses the ethical concerns of human cloning. Arguments for and against human cloning are given in a debate style with an outline of the major points for both sides given in a chart.
This site questions the ethics and morals of cloning humans. Some of the issues that are raised deal with possible physical harm towards the cloned individual, lack of individuality of people, social values, religion, and many more.
An in-depth look at cloning from a religious perspective.
Creator says no to Human Cloning
This web site expresses Ian Wilmut's, Dolly's creator, concerns with human cloning. He warns other scientists of high numbers of miscarriages and deformities among clones. This is all in response to some scientists who wish to create human clones to enable infertile men to pass on their genes.
Clone or not to Clone: The Ethical Question
This is a case study dealing with a couple who cannot reproduce and wishes to have a clone made of one of them, so that they can have children.
Reactions to Cloning Debate
A good site for developing your own stand on the issue of human cloning. Views from both sides are laid out along with statements from both individuals and organizations. Also there are many great related links found here.
An article on the first human clone and the controversies that are surrounding baby Katy and the scientists that created her. She was born December 5, 1999 to a couple living just outside the city of SanFransico.