Cloning : The Future Of Medicine And The Curing Of Diseases

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Cloning By: Joshua Weidner Cloning: is it the future of medicine and the curing of diseases or is it the beginning of an unholy tragedy? Cloning needs to be looked into for the fact it could help save many people 's lives. Before I decided to study the subject I had no idea how much cloning could help us as the human race. Cloning is a very promising field of study and could hold the key to the future of what it means to be human. Almost everyone has come to believe that the first animal to be cloned was Dolly the sheep but this is not entirely true. The first animal to be “cloned” was a sea urchin back in the year 1885. This is over 100 years before Dolly the sheep came to be. Technically, the sea urchin was not cloned but the embryos were separated. This proved that each embryo had its own set of genetic material that was capable of creating an entirely new organism that is identical to the last. (The History of Cloning). The man who performed the experiment of separating embryos was named Hans Adolf Edward Dreisch. After this experiment had been successful in the year 1902 another scientist by the name of Hans Spemann attempted to separate embryos in a more complex animal. He did so using a salamander as a test subject. Due to the complexity of the animal Hans figured out that in certain animals the embryo could only be split at a certain stage of development. (history of cloning learn.genetics.utah). Briggs and King were the first scientists to successfully do a

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