Essay on Cloning: An Option for Endangered Species Conservation

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Cloning: An Option for Endangered Species Conservation Review of the Literature Geneticists know that the technology of cloning lies in the palm of their hands, and its use on domestic animals and now endangered species has already proven successful (“Endangered Species”; Fields-Meyer and Seaman;Holt et al.; Lanza et al.; Trivedi). The question I ask now is this: Will cloning be used in the conservation of endangered species? This very question has sparked debate between the scientific community and many conservationists. Contrary to the values set forth by many conservationist groups, my research suggests that the cloning of endangered species is, in fact, a viable option in their preservation and repopulation. Most of the…show more content…
The Advanced Cell Technology's article "Cloning Noah's Ark" along with William Holt and colleagues' article on cloning endangered species both do an excellent job of presenting the negative aspects associated with this new technology which concerns many conservationists, but assure their audience that the benefits emerging from cloning endangered species certainly outweigh the costs. As Betsy Dresser stated in a National Geographic article discussing the first successfully cloned endangered species, "Saving habitat may not be enough, any tool for saving endangered species is important...Cloning is just another reproductive tool, like in-vitro fertilization" (Trivedi). Placed in this context, Dresser never claims that conserving habitats will not work or should be abandoned, but simply suggests that saving an animal’s environment may not be enough. Increasing the numbers in a given population is just as important and cloning may be one of the only options some species have left to survive. Moreover, while critics argue that cloning endangered species would take away from the importance of and focus on habitat preservation, ACT and other scientists make the claim that several nations around the globe are either too poor or to unstable to support a well-maintained preservation site for endangered animals (“Endangered Species”; Holt et al.; Ryder; Lanza et al). On the other

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