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{{about||the cloning of human beings|Human cloning|other uses}}{{use dmy dates|date=November 2013}}File:Quakingfallcolors.JPG|thumb|upright=1.35|Many organisms, including aspen trees, reproduce by cloning, often creating large groups of organisms with the same DNA. One example (not depicted here) is Pando.]]Cloning is the process of producing genetically identical individuals of an organism either naturally or artificially. In nature, many organisms produce clones through asexual reproduction. Cloning in biotechnology refers to the process of creating clones of organisms or copies of cells or DNA fragments (molecular cloning). Beyond biology, the term refers to the production of multiple copies of digital media or software.The term clone, coined by Herbert J. Webber, is derived from the Ancient Greek word (wikt:κλών#Ancient Greek|κλών) klōn, "twig", referring to the process whereby a new plant can be created from a twig. In botany, the term lusus was traditionally used.BOOK, de Candolle, A., 1868, Laws of Botanical Nomenclature adopted by the International Botanical Congress held at Paris in August 1867; together with an Historical Introduction and Commentary by Alphonse de Candolle, Translated from the French, L. Reeve and Co., London,weblink translated by H.A. Weddell, {{rp|21, 43}} In horticulture, the spelling clon was used until the twentieth century; the final e came into use to indicate the vowel is a "long o" instead of a "short o".JOURNAL
, Torrey Botanical Club: Volumes 42–45, 1942, Torreya, 42–45, 133
, {{inconsistent citations, }}BOOK, American Association for the Advancement of Science, Science,weblink 8 October 2010, 1903, Moses King, 502–, Since the term entered the popular lexicon in a more general context, the spelling clone has been used exclusively.

Natural cloning

Cloning is a natural form of reproduction that has allowed life forms to spread for hundreds of millions of years. It is the reproduction method used by plants, fungi, and bacteria, and is also the way that clonal colonies reproduce themselves.WEB,weblink Tasmanian bush could be oldest living organism, 2008-05-07, Discovery Channel, yes,weblink" title="">weblink 23 July 2006, dmy, WEB,weblink Ibiza's Monster Marine Plant, 2008-05-07, Ibiza Spotlight, yes,weblink" title="">weblink 26 December 2007, dmy, Examples of these organisms include blueberry plants, hazel trees, the Pando trees,JOURNAL, DeWoody, J., Rowe, C.A., Hipkins, V.D., Mock, K.E., 2008, "Pando" Lives: Molecular Genetic Evidence of a Giant Aspen Clone in Central Utah, Western North American Naturalist, 68, 4, 493–497, 10.3398/1527-0904-68.4.493,weblink WEB,weblink Blackwell Publishing Ltd Clonal dynamics in western North American aspen (Populus tremuloides), U.S. Department of Agriculture, Oxford, UK : Blackwell Publishing Ltd, 2008, 2013-12-05, Mock, K.E., Rowe, C.A., Hooten, M.B., Dewoody, J., Hipkins, V.D., 17, the Kentucky coffeetree, Myricas, and the American sweetgum.

Molecular cloning

Molecular cloning refers to the process of making multiple molecules. Cloning is commonly used to amplify DNA fragments containing whole genes, but it can also be used to amplify any DNA sequence such as promoters, non-coding sequences and randomly fragmented DNA. It is used in a wide array of biological experiments and practical applications ranging from genetic fingerprinting to large scale protein production. Occasionally, the term cloning is misleadingly used to refer to the identification of the chromosomal location of a gene associated with a particular phenotype of interest, such as in positional cloning. In practice, localization of the gene to a chromosome or genomic region does not necessarily enable one to isolate or amplify the relevant genomic sequence. To amplify any DNA sequence in a living organism, that sequence must be linked to an origin of replication, which is a sequence of DNA capable of directing the propagation of itself and any linked sequence. However, a number of other features are needed, and a variety of specialised cloning vectors (small piece of DNA into which a foreign DNA fragment can be inserted) exist that allow protein production, affinity tagging, single stranded RNA or DNA production and a host of other molecular biology tools.Cloning of any DNA fragment essentially involves four stepsBOOK, iGenetics: A Molecular Approach, Peter J. Russel, 2005, 978-0-8053-4665-7, San Francisco, California, United States of America, Pearson Education,
  1. fragmentation - breaking apart a strand of DNA
  2. ligation - gluing together pieces of DNA in a desired sequence
  3. transfection – inserting the newly formed pieces of DNA into cells
  4. screening/selection – selecting out the cells that were successfully transfected with the new DNA
Although these steps are invariable among cloning procedures a number of alternative routes can be selected; these are summarized as a cloning strategy.Initially, the DNA of interest needs to be isolated to provide a DNA segment of suitable size. Subsequently, a ligation procedure is used where the amplified fragment is inserted into a vector (piece of DNA). The vector (which is frequently circular) is linearised using restriction enzymes, and incubated with the fragment of interest under appropriate conditions with an enzyme called DNA ligase. Following ligation the vector with the insert of interest is transfected into cells. A number of alternative techniques are available, such as chemical sensitivation of cells, electroporation, optical injection and biolistics. Finally, the transfected cells are cultured. As the aforementioned procedures are of particularly low efficiency, there is a need to identify the cells that have been successfully transfected with the vector construct containing the desired insertion sequence in the required orientation. Modern cloning vectors include selectable antibiotic resistance markers, which allow only cells in which the vector has been transfected, to grow. Additionally, the cloning vectors may contain colour selection markers, which provide blue/white screening (alpha-factor complementation) on X-gal medium. Nevertheless, these selection steps do not absolutely guarantee that the DNA insert is present in the cells obtained. Further investigation of the resulting colonies must be required to confirm that cloning was successful. This may be accomplished by means of PCR, restriction fragment analysis and/or DNA sequencing.

Cell cloning

Cloning unicellular organisms

(File:Human cell-line colony being cloned in vitro through use of cloning rings.jpg|right|thumb|Cloning cell-line colonies using cloning rings)Cloning a cell means to derive a population of cells from a single cell. In the case of unicellular organisms such as bacteria and yeast, this process is remarkably simple and essentially only requires the inoculation of the appropriate medium. However, in the case of cell cultures from multi-cellular organisms, cell cloning is an arduous task as these cells will not readily grow in standard media.A useful tissue culture technique used to clone distinct lineages of cell lines involves the use of cloning rings (cylinders).JOURNAL, McFarland, Douglas, Douglas McFarland, 2000, Preparation of pure cell cultures by cloning, Methods in Cell Science, 22, 1, 63–66, 10650336, 10.1023/A:1009838416621, In this technique a single-cell suspension of cells that have been exposed to a mutagenic agent or drug used to drive selection is plated at high dilution to create isolated colonies, each arising from a single and potentially clonal distinct cell. At an early growth stage when colonies consist of only a few cells, sterile polystyrene rings (cloning rings), which have been dipped in grease, are placed over an individual colony and a small amount of trypsin is added. Cloned cells are collected from inside the ring and transferred to a new vessel for further growth.

Cloning stem cells

Somatic-cell nuclear transfer, known as SCNT, can also be used to create embryos for research or therapeutic purposes. The most likely purpose for this is to produce embryos for use in stem cell research. This process is also called "research cloning" or "therapeutic cloning". The goal is not to create cloned human beings (called "reproductive cloning"), but rather to harvest stem cells that can be used to study human development and to potentially treat disease. While a clonal human blastocyst has been created, stem cell lines are yet to be isolated from a clonal source.NEWS,weblink California biotech says it cloned a human embryo, but no stem cells produced, Gideon, Gil, Boston Globe, 2008-01-17, Therapeutic cloning is achieved by creating embryonic stem cells in the hopes of treating diseases such as diabetes and Alzheimer's. The process begins by removing the nucleus (containing the DNA) from an egg cell and inserting a nucleus from the adult cell to be cloned.WEB, Halim, N., September 2002, Extensive new study shows abnormalities in cloned animals, 31 October 2011, Massachusetts institute of technology,weblink In the case of someone with Alzheimer's disease, the nucleus from a skin cell of that patient is placed into an empty egg. The reprogrammed cell begins to develop into an embryo because the egg reacts with the transferred nucleus. The embryo will become genetically identical to the patient. The embryo will then form a blastocyst which has the potential to form/become any cell in the body.WEB, Plus, M., 2011, Fetal development, 31 October 2011,weblink, The reason why SCNT is used for cloning is because somatic cells can be easily acquired and cultured in the lab. This process can either add or delete specific genomes of farm animals. A key point to remember is that cloning is achieved when the oocyte maintains its normal functions and instead of using sperm and egg genomes to replicate, the oocyte is inserted into the donor's somatic cell nucleus.WEB, Latham, K. E., 2005, Early and delayed aspects of nuclear reprogramming during cloning, Biology of the Cell, 97, 119–132,weblink yes,weblink" title="">weblink 2 August 2014, dmy-all, The oocyte will react on the somatic cell nucleus, the same way it would on sperm cells.The process of cloning a particular farm animal using SCNT is relatively the same for all animals. The first step is to collect the somatic cells from the animal that will be cloned. The somatic cells could be used immediately or stored in the laboratory for later use. The hardest part of SCNT is removing maternal DNA from an oocyte at metaphase II. Once this has been done, the somatic nucleus can be inserted into an egg cytoplasm. This creates a one-cell embryo. The grouped somatic cell and egg cytoplasm are then introduced to an electrical current. This energy will hopefully allow the cloned embryo to begin development. The successfully developed embryos are then placed in surrogate recipients, such as a cow or sheep in the case of farm animals.SCNT is seen as a good method for producing agriculture animals for food consumption. It successfully cloned sheep, cattle, goats, and pigs. Another benefit is SCNT is seen as a solution to clone endangered species that are on the verge of going extinct. However, stresses placed on both the egg cell and the introduced nucleus can be enormous, which led to a high loss in resulting cells in early research. For example, the cloned sheep Dolly was born after 277 eggs were used for SCNT, which created 29 viable embryos. Only three of these embryos survived until birth, and only one survived to adulthood.JOURNAL, Campbell KH, McWhir J, Ritchie WA, Wilmut I, Sheep cloned by nuclear transfer from a cultured cell line, Nature, 380, 6569, 64–6, March 1996, 8598906, 10.1038/380064a0, As the procedure could not be automated, and had to be performed manually under a microscope, SCNT was very resource intensive. The biochemistry involved in reprogramming the differentiated somatic cell nucleus and activating the recipient egg was also far from being well understood. However, by 2014 researchers were reporting cloning success rates of seven to eight out of tenShukman, David (14 January 2014) China cloning on an 'industrial scale' BBC News Science and Environment, Retrieved 10 April 2014 and in 2016, a Korean Company Sooam Biotech was reported to be producing 500 cloned embryos per day.NEWS, Zastrow, Mark, Inside the cloning factory that creates 500 new animals a day,weblink 23 February 2016, New Scientist, 8 February 2016, In SCNT, not all of the donor cell's genetic information is transferred, as the donor cell's mitochondria that contain their own mitochondrial DNA are left behind. The resulting hybrid cells retain those mitochondrial structures which originally belonged to the egg. As a consequence, clones such as Dolly that are born from SCNT are not perfect copies of the donor of the nucleus.

Organism cloning

{{See also|Asexual reproduction|Cuttings (plants)|vegetative reproduction}}Organism cloning (also called reproductive cloning) refers to the procedure of creating a new multicellular organism, genetically identical to another. In essence this form of cloning is an asexual method of reproduction, where fertilization or inter-gamete contact does not take place. Asexual reproduction is a naturally occurring phenomenon in many species, including most plants and some insects. Scientists have made some major achievements with cloning, including the asexual reproduction of sheep and cows. There is a lot of ethical debate over whether or not cloning should be used. However, cloning, or asexual propagation,WEB,weblink Asexual Propagation,, 2010-08-04, has been common practice in the horticultural world for hundreds of years.


File:Vine shoots.JPG|thumb|Propagating plants from cuttings, such as grape vines, is an ancient form of cloning]]{{For|the use of cloning in viticulture|Propagation of grapevines}}The term clone is used in horticulture to refer to descendants of a single plant which were produced by vegetative reproduction or apomixis. Many horticultural plant cultivars are clones, having been derived from a single individual, multiplied by some process other than sexual reproduction.Sagers, Larry A. (2 March 2009) Proliferate favorite trees by grafting, cloning {{webarchive|url= |date=1 March 2014 }} Utah Stae University, Deseret News (Salt Lake City) Retrieved 21 February 2014 As an example, some European cultivars of grapes represent clones that have been propagated for over two millennia. Other examples are potato and banana.JOURNAL, 10.1073/pnas.1102001108, Multidisciplinary perspectives on banana (Musa spp.) domestication, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 108,weblinkweblink" title="">weblink yes, 2013-07-04, 28, 11311–11318, 2011, Perrier, X., De Langhe, E., Donohue, M., Lentfer, C., Vrydaghs, L., Bakry, F., Carreel, F., Hippolyte, I., Horry, J. -P., Jenny, C., Lebot, V., Risterucci, A. -M., Tomekpe, K., Doutrelepont, H., Ball, T., Manwaring, J., De Maret, P., Denham, T., 21730145, 3136277, Grafting can be regarded as cloning, since all the shoots and branches coming from the graft are genetically a clone of a single individual, but this particular kind of cloning has not come under ethical scrutiny and is generally treated as an entirely different kind of operation.Many trees, shrubs, vines, ferns and other herbaceous perennials form clonal colonies naturally. Parts of an individual plant may become detached by fragmentation and grow on to become separate clonal individuals. A common example is in the vegetative reproduction of moss and liverwort gametophyte clones by means of gemmae. Some vascular plants e.g. dandelion and certain viviparous grasses also form seeds asexually, termed apomixis, resulting in clonal populations of genetically identical individuals.


Clonal derivation exists in nature in some animal species and is referred to as parthenogenesis (reproduction of an organism by itself without a mate). This is an asexual form of reproduction that is only found in females of some insects, crustaceans, nematodes,Castagnone-Sereno P, et al. Diversity and evolution of root-knot nematodes, genus Meloidogyne: new insights from the genomic era Annu Rev Phytopathol. 2013;51:203-20 fish (for example the hammerhead sharkShubin, Neil (24 February 2008) Birds Do It. Bees Do It. Dragons Don’t Need To New York Times, Retrieved 21 February 2014), the Komodo dragon and lizards. The growth and development occurs without fertilization by a male. In plants, parthenogenesis means the development of an embryo from an unfertilized egg cell, and is a component process of apomixis. In species that use the XY sex-determination system, the offspring will always be female. An example is the little fire ant (Wasmannia auropunctata), which is native to Central and South America but has spread throughout many tropical environments.

Artificial cloning of organisms

Artificial cloning of organisms may also be called reproductive cloning.

First steps

Hans Spemann, a German embryologist was awarded a Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1935 for his discovery of the effect now known as embryonic induction, exercised by various parts of the embryo, that directs the development of groups of cells into particular tissues and organs. In 1928 he and his student, Hilde Mangold, were the first to perform somatic-cell nuclear transfer using amphibian embryos – one of the first steps towards cloning.JOURNAL, De Robertis, EM, Spemann's organizer and self-regulation in amphibian embryos, Nature Reviews. Molecular Cell Biology, April 2006, 7, 4, 296–302, 16482093, 2464568, 10.1038/nrm1855, . See Box 1: Explanation of the Spemann-Mangold experiment


Reproductive cloning generally uses "somatic cell nuclear transfer" (SCNT) to create animals that are genetically identical. This process entails the transfer of a nucleus from a donor adult cell (somatic cell) to an egg from which the nucleus has been removed, or to a cell from a blastocyst from which the nucleus has been removed.WEB, Cloning Fact Sheet,weblink Human Genome Project Information, 25 October 2011,weblink" title="">weblink 2 May 2013, If the egg begins to divide normally it is transferred into the uterus of the surrogate mother. Such clones are not strictly identical since the somatic cells may contain mutations in their nuclear DNA. Additionally, the mitochondria in the cytoplasm also contains DNA and during SCNT this mitochondrial DNA is wholly from the cytoplasmic donor's egg, thus the mitochondrial genome is not the same as that of the nucleus donor cell from which it was produced. This may have important implications for cross-species nuclear transfer in which nuclear-mitochondrial incompatibilities may lead to death.Artificial embryo splitting or embryo twinning, a technique that creates monozygotic twins from a single embryo, is not considered in the same fashion as other methods of cloning. During that procedure, a donor embryo is split in two distinct embryos, that can then be transferred via embryo transfer. It is optimally performed at the 6- to 8-cell stage, where it can be used as an expansion of IVF to increase the number of available embryos.JOURNAL, Illmensee K, Levanduski M, Vidali A, Husami N, Goudas VT, Human embryo twinning with applications in reproductive medicine, Fertil. Steril., 93, 2, 423–7, February 2009, 19217091, 10.1016/j.fertnstert.2008.12.098, If both embryos are successful, it gives rise to monozygotic (identical) twins.

Dolly the sheep

File:Edinburgh July 2014 IMG 4384 (14507598508).jpg|thumb|The taxidermied body of Dolly the sheep]](File:Dolly clone.svg|thumb|Dolly clone)Dolly, a Finn-Dorset ewe, was the first mammal to have been successfully cloned from an adult somatic cell. Dolly was formed by taking a cell from the udder of her 6-year old biological mother.BOOK, Rantala, Milgram, M., Arthur, Cloning: For and Against, 1999, Carus Publishing Company, Chicago, Illinois, 978-0-8126-9375-1, 1, Dolly's embryo was created by taking the cell and inserting it into a sheep ovum. It took 434 attempts before an embryo was successful.WEB, Swedin, Eric, Eric G. Swedin, Cloning,weblink CredoReference, 23 September 2013, The embryo was then placed inside a female sheep that went through a normal pregnancy.JOURNAL, Lassen, J., Gjerris, M., Sandøe, P., 2005, After Dolly—Ethical limits to the use of biotechnology on farm animals, Theriogenology, 65, 5, 992–1004, 10.1016/j.theriogenology.2005.09.012, 16253321, She was cloned at the Roslin Institute in Scotland by British scientists Sir Ian Wilmut and Keith Campbell and lived there from her birth in 1996 until her death in 2003 when she was six. She was born on 5 July 1996 but not announced to the world until 22 February 1997.WEB, Swedin, Eric, Cloning,weblink CredoReference, Science in the Contemporary World, 23 September 2013, Her stuffed remains were placed at Edinburgh's Royal Museum, part of the National Museums of Scotland.TV documentary Visions Of The Future part 2 shows this process, explores the social implicatins of cloning and contains footage of monoculture in livestockDolly was publicly significant because the effort showed that genetic material from a specific adult cell, programmed to express only a distinct subset of its genes, can be reprogrammed to grow an entirely new organism. Before this demonstration, it had been shown by John Gurdon that nuclei from differentiated cells could give rise to an entire organism after transplantation into an enucleated egg.JOURNAL, Gurdon J, Dev. Biol., Apr 1962, 4, 2, 256–73, Adult frogs derived from the nuclei of single somatic cells, 13903027, 10.1016/0012-1606(62)90043-x, However, this concept was not yet demonstrated in a mammalian system.The first mammalian cloning (resulting in Dolly the sheep) had a success rate of 29 embryos per 277 fertilized eggs, which produced three lambs at birth, one of which lived. In a bovine experiment involving 70 cloned calves, one-third of the calves died young. The first successfully cloned horse, Prometea, took 814 attempts. Notably, although the first{{clarify|does this mean "first vertebrate"?|date=February 2016}} clones were frogs, no adult cloned frog has yet been produced from a somatic adult nucleus donor cell.There were early claims that Dolly the sheep had pathologies resembling accelerated aging. Scientists speculated that Dolly's death in 2003 was related to the shortening of telomeres, DNA-protein complexes that protect the end of linear chromosomes. However, other researchers, including Ian Wilmut who led the team that successfully cloned Dolly, argue that Dolly's early death due to respiratory infection was unrelated to deficiencies with the cloning process. This idea that the nuclei have not irreversibly aged was shown in 2013 to be true for mice.Dolly was named after performer Dolly Parton because the cells cloned to make her were from a mammary gland cell, and Parton is known for her ample cleavage.BBC. 22 February 2008. BBC On This Day: 1997: Dolly the sheep is cloned

Species cloned

{{Further|List of animals that have been cloned}}The modern cloning techniques involving nuclear transfer have been successfully performed on several species. Notable experiments include:
  • Tadpole: (1952) Robert Briggs and Thomas J. King had successfully cloned northern leopard frogs: thirty-five complete embryos and twenty-seven tadpoles from one-hundred and four successful nuclear transfers.WEB,weblink ThinkQuest, 3 May 2015, yes,weblink" title="">weblink 23 October 2012, dmy-all, WEB,weblink Robert W. Briggs, National Academies Press, 1 December 2012,
  • Carp: (1963) In China, embryologist Tong Dizhou produced the world's first cloned fish by inserting the DNA from a cell of a male carp into an egg from a female carp. He published the findings in a Chinese science journal.WEB,weblink Bloodlines timeline,,
  • Mice: (1986) A mouse was successfully cloned from an early embryonic cell. Soviet scientists Chaylakhyan, Veprencev, Sviridova, and Nikitin had the mouse "Masha" cloned. Research was published in the magazine "Biofizika" volume ХХХII, issue 5 of 1987.{{Clarify|date=August 2008}}JOURNAL, Chaylakhyan, Levon, Биофизика, Электростимулируемое слияние клеток в клеточной инженерии, ХХХII, 5, 874–887, 1987,weblink bot: unknown,weblink" title="">weblink 11 September 2016, dmy-all, WEB, Кто изобрел клонирование?,weblink" title="">weblink 2004-12-23,weblink (Russian)
  • Sheep: Marked the first mammal being cloned (1984) from early embryonic cells by Steen Willadsen. Megan and MoragWEB,weblink Gene Genie &124; BBC World Service,, 2000-05-01, 2010-08-04, cloned from differentiated embryonic cells in June 1995 and Dolly the sheep from a somatic cell in 1996.JOURNAL, McLaren A, Cloning: pathways to a pluripotent future, Science, 288, 5472, 1775–80, 2000, 10877698, 10.1126/science.288.5472.1775,
  • Rhesus monkey: Tetra (January 2000) from embryo splitting and not nuclear transfer. More akin to artificial formation of twins.CNN. Researchers clone monkey by splitting embryo 2000-01-13. Retrieved 2008-08-05.NEWS, Dean Irvine,weblink You, again: Are we getting closer to cloning humans? -,, 2007-11-19, 2010-08-04,
  • Pig: the first cloned pigs (March 2000).JOURNAL, Grisham, Julie, Nature Biotechnology, Pigs cloned for first time, 18, 4, 365, 10.1038/74335, April 2000, By 2014, BGI in China was producing 500 cloned pigs a year to test new medicines.Shukman, David (14 January 2014) China cloning on an 'industrial scale' BBC News Science and Environment, Retrieved 14 January 2014
  • Gaur: (2001) was the first endangered species cloned.NEWS,weblink CNN, First cloned endangered species dies 2 days after birth, 12 January 2001, 30 April 2010,
  • Cattle: Alpha and Beta (males, 2001) and (2005) BrazilCamacho, Keite. Embrapa clona raça de boi ameaçada de extinção. Agência Brasil. 2005-05-20. (Portuguese) Retrieved 2008-08-05
  • Cat: CopyCat "CC" (female, late 2001), Little Nicky, 2004, was the first cat cloned for commercial reasonsNEWS,weblink Americas &124; Pet kitten cloned for Christmas, BBC News, 2004-12-23, 2010-08-04,
  • Rat: Ralph, the first cloned rat (2003)NEWS,weblink BBC News, Rat called Ralph is latest clone, 25 September 2003, 30 April 2010,
  • Mule: Idaho Gem, a john mule born 4 May 2003, was the first horse-family clone.NEWS, Associated Press 25 August 2009,weblink Gordon Woods dies at 57; Veterinary scientist helped create first cloned mule,, 2009-08-25, 2010-08-04,
  • Horse: Prometea, a Haflinger female born 28 May 2003, was the first horse clone.WEB,weblink World's first cloned horse is born – 06 August 2003, New Scientist, 2010-08-04,
  • Dog: Snuppy, a male Afghan hound was the first cloned dog (2005).WEB,weblink First Dog Clone,, 2010-08-04,
  • Wolf: Snuwolf and Snuwolffy, the first two cloned female wolves (2005).(1 September 2009) World's first cloned wolf dies Phys.Org, Retrieved 9 April 2015
  • Water buffalo: Samrupa was the first cloned water buffalo. It was born on 6 February 2009, at India's Karnal National Diary Research Institute but died five days later due to lung infection.NEWS, Kounteya, Sinha,weblink India clones world's first buffalo, The Times of India, 2009-02-13, 2010-08-04,
  • Pyrenean ibex (2009) was the first extinct animal to be cloned back to life; the clone lived for seven minutes before dying of lung defects.Note: The Pyrenean ibex is an extinct sub-species; the broader species, the Spanish ibex, is thriving. Peter Maas. Pyrenean Ibex – Capra pyrenaica pyrenaica {{webarchive|url= |date=27 June 2012 }} at The Sixth Extinction]. Last updated 15 April 2012.Extinct ibex is resurrected by cloning, The Daily Telegraph, 31 January 2009
  • Camel: (2009) Injaz, is the first cloned camel.NEWS,weblink World's first cloned camel unveiled in Dubai, Richard, Spencer,, 14 April 2009, 15 April 2009, London,
  • Pashmina goat: (2012) Noori, is the first cloned pashmina goat. Scientists at the faculty of veterinary sciences and animal husbandry of Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology of Kashmir successfully cloned the first Pashmina goat (Noori) using the advanced reproductive techniques under the leadership of Riaz Ahmad Shah.NEWS,weblink India gets its second cloned animal Noorie, a pashmina goat, Ishfaq-ul-Hassan, DNA, 15 March 2012, Kashmir, India,
  • Goat: (2001) Scientists of Northwest A&F University successfully cloned the first goat which use the adult female cell.WEB,weblink 家畜体细胞克隆技术取得重大突破 ——成年体细胞克隆山羊诞生,
  • Gastric brooding frog: (2013) The gastric brooding frog, Rheobatrachus silus, thought to have been extinct since 1983 was cloned in Australia, although the embryos died after a few days.NEWS, Scientists clone extinct frog – Jurassic Park here we come?,weblink The Guardian, 10 July 2016, Hickman, L., 2013-03-18,
  • Macaque monkey: (2017) First successful cloning of a primate species using nuclear transfer, with the birth of two live clones, named Zhong Zhong and Hua Hua. Conducted in China in 2017, and reported in January 2018.JOURNAL, Liu, Zhen, et al, Cloning of Macaque Monkeys by Somatic Cell Nuclear Transfer,weblink 24 January 2018, Cell (journal), Cell, 172, 4, 881–887.e7, 10.1016/j.cell.2018.01.020, 29395327, 24 January 2018, JOURNAL, Normile, Dennis, These monkey twins are the first primate clones made by the method that developed Dolly,weblink 24 January 2018, Science (journal), Science, 10.1126/science.aa1066, 24 January 2018, 2019-03-07, NEWS, Briggs, Helen, First monkey clones created in Chinese laboratory,weblink 24 January 2018, BBC News, 24 January 2018, NEWS, Associated Press, Scientists Successfully Clone Monkeys; Are Humans Up Next?,weblink 24 January 2018, The New York Times, 24 January 2018, In January 2019, scientists in China reported the creation of five identical cloned gene-edited monkeys, using the same cloning technique that was used with Zhong Zhong and Hua Hua – the first ever cloned monkeys - and Dolly the sheep, and the same gene-editing Crispr-Cas9 technique allegedly used by He Jiankui in creating the first ever gene-modified human babies Lulu and Nana. The monkey clones were made in order to study several medical diseases.NEWS, Science China Press, Gene-edited disease monkeys cloned in China,weblink 23 January 2019, EurekAlert!, 24 January 2019, NEWS, Mandelbaum, Ryan F., China's Latest Cloned-Monkey Experiment Is an Ethical Mess,weblink 23 January 2019, Gizmodo, 24 January 2019,

Human cloning

Human cloning is the creation of a genetically identical copy of a human. The term is generally used to refer to artificial human cloning, which is the reproduction of human cells and tissues. It does not refer to the natural conception and delivery of identical twins. The possibility of human cloning has raised controversies. These ethical concerns have prompted several nations to pass legislation regarding human cloning and its legality. As of right now, scientists have no intention of trying to clone people and they believe their results should spark a wider discussion about the laws and regulations the world needs to regulate cloning.WEB, Martinez, Bobby, WATCH: Scientists clone monkeys using technique that created Dolly the sheep,weblink Fox61, fox61, 26 January 2018, 2018-01-26, Two commonly discussed types of theoretical human cloning are therapeutic cloning and reproductive cloning. Therapeutic cloning would involve cloning cells from a human for use in medicine and transplants, and is an active area of research, but is not in medical practice anywhere in the world, {{as of|2014|lc=y}}. Two common methods of therapeutic cloning that are being researched are somatic-cell nuclear transfer and, more recently, pluripotent stem cell induction. Reproductive cloning would involve making an entire cloned human, instead of just specific cells or tissues.JOURNAL, 18523539, 10, 2, Therapeutic cloning: promises and issues, 2323472, July 2007, Mcgill J Med, 112–20, Kfoury, C,

Ethical issues of cloning

There are a variety of ethical positions regarding the possibilities of cloning, especially human cloning. While many of these views are religious in origin, the questions raised by cloning are faced by secular perspectives as well. Perspectives on human cloning are theoretical, as human therapeutic and reproductive cloning are not commercially used; animals are currently cloned in laboratories and in livestock production.Advocates support development of therapeutic cloning in order to generate tissues and whole organs to treat patients who otherwise cannot obtain transplants,WEB,weblink Cloning Fact Sheet,weblink" title="">weblink U.S. Department of Energy Genome Program, 2009-05-11, 2013-05-02, to avoid the need for immunosuppressive drugs, and to stave off the effects of Grey, Aubrey; Rae, Michael (September 2007). Ending Aging: The Rejuvenation Breakthroughs that Could Reverse Human Aging in Our Lifetime. New York, NY: St. Martin's Press, 416 pp. {{ISBN|0-312-36706-6}}. Advocates for reproductive cloning believe that parents who cannot otherwise procreate should have access to the technology.Staff, Times Higher Education. 10 August 2001 In the news: Antinori and ZavosOpponents of cloning have concerns that technology is not yet developed enough to be safeWEB,weblink AAAS Statement on Human Cloning, and that it could be prone to abuse (leading to the generation of humans from whom organs and tissues would be harvested),WEB, McGee, G., Primer on Ethics and Human Cloning, October 2011, American Institute of Biological Sciences,weblink yes,weblink" title="">weblink 23 February 2013, dmy-all, WEB, UNESCO, 1997-11-11,weblink Universal Declaration on the Human Genome and Human Rights, 2008-02-27, as well as concerns about how cloned individuals could integrate with families and with society at large.McGee, Glenn (2000). 'The Perfect Baby: Parenthood in the New World of Cloning and Genetics.' Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield.JOURNAL, Havstad JC, Human reproductive cloning: a conflict of liberties, Bioethics, 2010, 24, 2, 71–7, 19076121, 10.1111/j.1467-8519.2008.00692.x, Religious groups are divided, with some opposing the technology as usurping "God's place" and, to the extent embryos are used, destroying a human life; others support therapeutic cloning's potential life-saving benefits.Bob Sullivan, Technology correspondent for MSNBC. November 262003 Religions reveal little consensus on cloning – Health – Special Reports – Beyond Dolly: Human CloningWilliam Sims Bainbridge, Ph.D.Religious Opposition to Cloning Journal of Evolution and Technology – Vol. 13 – October 2003Cloning of animals is opposed by animal-groups due to the number of cloned animals that suffer from malformations before they die,Staff, Humane Society CloningSean Poulter for the Daily Mail. 26 November 2010. Clone farming would introduce cruelty on a massive scale, say animal welfare groups and while food from cloned animals has been approved by the US FDA,JOURNAL, 23829575, 10.1111/asj.12087, 84, 9, Effect of calf death loss on cloned cattle herd derived from somatic cell nuclear transfer: clones with congenital defects would be removed by the death loss, Sep 2013, Animal Science Journal, 631–8, Watanabe, S, NEWS,weblink FDA says cloned animals are OK to eat, 28 December 2006, Associated Press,, its use is opposed by groups concerned about food safety.WEB, An HSUS Report: Welfare Issues with Genetic Engineering and Cloning of Farm Animals,weblink Humane Society of the United States, WEB,weblink Not Ready for Prime Time: FDA's Flawed Approach to Assessing the Safety of Food from Animal Clones, March 2007, Center for Food Safety, yes,weblink" title="">weblink 30 June 2007, dmy-all, (PDF)WEB,weblink Comments of Consumers Union to US Food and Drug Administration on Docket No. 2003N-0573, Draft Animal Cloning Risk Assessment, 2007-04-27, Michael, Hansen, Consumers Union,

Cloning extinct and endangered species

Cloning, or more precisely, the reconstruction of functional DNA from extinct species has, for decades, been a dream. Possible implications of this were dramatized in the 1984 novel Carnosaur and the 1990 novel Jurassic Park.JOURNAL, Ehrenfeld, David, David Ehrenfeld, 2006, Transgenics and Vertebrate Cloning as Tools for Species Conservation, Conservation Biology, 20, 3, 723–732, 16909565, 10.1111/j.1523-1739.2006.00399.x, The best current cloning techniques have an average success rate of 9.4 percentJOURNAL, Biol. Reprod., Dec 2010, 83, 6, 929–37, Inhibition of class IIb histone deacetylase significantly improves cloning efficiency in mice, Ono T, Li C, Mizutani E, Terashita Y, Yamagata K, Wakayama T, 20686182, 10.1095/biolreprod.110.085282, (and as high as 25 percent) when working with familiar species such as mice,{{refn|group=note|One news article in 2014 reported success rates of 70-80 percent for cloning pigs by BGI, a Chinese companyShukman, David (14 January 2014) China cloning on an 'industrial scale' BBC News Science and Environment, Retrieved 27 February 2016 and in another news article in 2015 a Korean Company, Sooam Biotech, claimed 40 percent success rates with cloning dogsNEWS, Baer, Drake, This Korean lab has nearly perfected dog cloning, and that’s just the start,weblink 27 February 2016, Tech Insider, Innovation, 8 September 2015, }} while cloning wild animals is usually less than 1 percent successful.Ferris Jabr for Scientific American. 11 March 2013. Will cloning ever saved endangered species? Several tissue banks have come into existence, including the "Frozen Zoo" at the San Diego Zoo, to store frozen tissue from the world's rarest and most endangered species.Holt, W. V., Pickard, A. R., & Prather, R. S. (2004) Wildlife conservation and reproductive cloning. Reproduction, 126.NEWS,weblink Scientists Close on Extinct Cloning, Heidi B. Perlman, Associated Press, 2000-10-08, The Washington Post, BOOK, Cloning After Dolly: Who's Still Afraid?, Gregory E., Pence, Gregory E. Pence, Rowman & Littlefield, 2005, 978-0-7425-3408-7, In 2001, a cow named Bessie gave birth to a cloned Asian gaur, an endangered species, but the calf died after two days. In 2003, a banteng was successfully cloned, followed by three African wildcats from a thawed frozen embryo. These successes provided hope that similar techniques (using surrogate mothers of another species) might be used to clone extinct species. Anticipating this possibility, tissue samples from the last bucardo (Pyrenean ibex) were frozen in liquid nitrogen immediately after it died in 2000. Researchers are also considering cloning endangered species such as the giant panda and cheetah.{{citation needed|date=January 2019}}In 2002, geneticists at the Australian Museum announced that they had replicated DNA of the thylacine (Tasmanian tiger), at the time extinct for about 65 years, using polymerase chain reaction.NEWS,weblink Cloning to revive extinct species, Grant, Holloway,, 2002-05-28, However, on 15 February 2005 the museum announced that it was stopping the project after tests showed the specimens' DNA had been too badly degraded by the (ethanol) preservative. On 15 May 2005 it was announced that the thylacine project would be revived, with new participation from researchers in New South Wales and Victoria.WEB,weblink Researchers revive plan to clone the Tassie tiger, 2005-05-15, The Sydney Morning Herald, en, 2019-02-01, In 2003, for the first time, an extinct animal, the Pyrenean ibex mentioned above was cloned, at the Centre of Food Technology and Research of Aragon, using the preserved frozen cell nucleus of the skin samples from 2001 and domestic goat egg-cells. The ibex died shortly after birth due to physical defects in its lungs.NEWS, Extinct ibex is resurrected by cloning,weblink 2009-02-01, The Telegraph, London, Richard, Gray, Roger, Dobson, 31 January 2009, One of the most anticipated targets for cloning was once the woolly mammoth, but attempts to extract DNA from frozen mammoths have been unsuccessful, though a joint Russo-Japanese team is currently working toward this goal. In January 2011, it was reported by Yomiuri Shimbun that a team of scientists headed by Akira Iritani of Kyoto University had built upon research by Dr. Wakayama, saying that they will extract DNA from a mammoth carcass that had been preserved in a Russian laboratory and insert it into the egg cells of an African elephant in hopes of producing a mammoth embryo. The researchers said they hoped to produce a baby mammoth within six years.NEWS,weblink Scientists 'to clone mammoth', BBC News, 2003-08-18, WEB,weblink BBC News,, 2011-12-07, 2012-08-19, It was noted, however that the result, if possible, would be an elephant-mammoth hybrid rather than a true mammoth."Когда вернутся мамонты" ("When the Mammoths Return"), 5 February 2015 (retrieved 6 September 2015) Another problem is the survival of the reconstructed mammoth: ruminants rely on a symbiosis with specific microbiota in their stomachs for digestion.Scientists at the University of Newcastle and University of New South Wales announced in March 2013 that the very recently extinct gastric-brooding frog would be the subject of a cloning attempt to resurrect the species.WEB, Yong, Ed, Resurrecting the Extinct Frog with a Stomach for a Womb, National Geographic (magazine), National Geographic, 2013-03-15,weblink 2013-03-15, Many such "De-extinction" projects are described in the Long Now Foundation's Revive and Restore Project.WEB,weblink Long Now Foundation, Revive and Restore Project, 2017-05-25,


After an eight-year project involving the use of a pioneering cloning technique, Japanese researchers created 25 generations of healthy cloned mice with normal lifespans, demonstrating that clones are not intrinsically shorter-lived than naturally born animals.JOURNAL, Cell Stem Cell, 7 March 2013, 12, 3, 293–7, Successful serial recloning in the mouse over multiple generations, Wakayama S, Kohda T, Obokata H, Tokoro M, Li C, Terashita Y, Mizutani E, Nguyen VT, Kishigami S, Ishino F, Wakayama T, 23472871, 10.1016/j.stem.2013.01.005, WEB,weblink Generations of Cloned Mice With Normal Lifespans Created: 25th Generation and Counting, Science Daily, 7 March 2013, 8 March 2013, Other sources have noted that the offspring of clones tend to be healthier than the original clones and indistinguishable from animals produced naturally.BOOK, The Epigenetics Revolution, Carey, Nessa, Icon Books Ltd., 2012, 978-184831-347-7, London, UK, 149–150, Dolly the sheep was cloned from a six year old cell sample from a mammary gland. Because of this, some posited she may have aged more quickly than other naturally born animals, as she died relatively early for a sheep at the age of six. Ultimately, her death was attributed to a respiratory illness, and the "advanced aging" theory is disputed. {{citation needed|date=August 2018}}{{dubious|date=August 2018}}A detailed study released in 2016 and less detailed studies by others suggest that once cloned animals get past the first month or two of life they are generally healthy. However, early pregnancy loss and neonatal losses are still greater with cloning than natural conception or assisted reproduction (IVF). Current research is attempting to overcome these problems.

In popular culture

File:Raptor Film Legends Museum.jpg|thumb|In Jurassic Park (1993), dinosaurs are resurrected through cloning for entertainment]]File:Doctor Who Experience London Olympia (5502759139).jpg|thumb|Sontarans in Doctor WhoDoctor WhoFile:Dragon Con 2013 Parade - Star Wars (9681599977).jpg|thumb|In Star Wars, clone troopers were genetically engineered to fight the Clone Wars]]Discussion of cloning in the popular media often presents the subject negatively. In an article in the 8 November 1993 article of Time, cloning was portrayed in a negative way, modifying Michelangelo's Creation of Adam to depict Adam with five identical hands.WEB, TIME Magazine – U.S. Edition – Vol. 142 No. 19,weblink 5 November 2017,weblink" title="">weblink 5 November 2017, 8 November 1993, no, Newsweek{{'s}} 10 March 1997 issue also critiqued the ethics of human cloning, and included a graphic depicting identical babies in beakers.JOURNAL, Today The Sheep…, Newsweek, 9 March 1997,weblink 5 November 2017, en, The concept of cloning, particularly human cloning, has featured a wide variety of science fiction works. An early fictional depiction of cloning is Bokanovsky's Process which features in Aldous Huxley's 1931 dystopian novel Brave New World. The process is applied to fertilized human eggs in vitro, causing them to split into identical genetic copies of the original.Huxley, Aldous; "Brave New World and Brave New World Revisited"; p. 19; HarperPerennial, 2005.BOOK, Bhelkar, Ratnakar D., Science Fiction: Fantasy and Reality, 2009, Atlantic Publishers & Dist, 9788126910366, 58,weblink 4 November 2017, en, Following renewed interest in cloning in the 1950s, the subject was explored further in works such as Poul Anderson's 1953 story UN-Man, which describes a technology called "exogenesis", and Gordon Rattray Taylor's book The Biological Time Bomb, which popularised the term "cloning" in 1963.BOOK, Stableford, Brian M., Science Fact and Science Fiction: An Encyclopedia, 2006, Taylor & Francis, 9780415974608, 91–92,weblink en, Clone, Cloning is a recurring theme in a number of contemporary science fiction films, ranging from action films such as Jurassic Park (1993), Alien Resurrection (1997), The 6th Day (2000), Resident Evil (2002), (Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones|Star Wars: Episode II) (2002) and The Island (2005), to comedies such as Woody Allen's 1973 film Sleeper.WEB,weblink Sleeper (1973), planktonrules, 17 December 1973, IMDb, 3 May 2015, The process of cloning is represented variously in fiction. Many works depict the artificial creation of humans by a method of growing cells from a tissue or DNA sample; the replication may be instantaneous, or take place through slow growth of human embryos in artificial wombs. In the long-running British television series Doctor Who, the Fourth Doctor and his companion Leela were cloned in a matter of seconds from DNA samples ("The Invisible Enemy", 1977) and then — in an apparent homage to the 1966 film Fantastic Voyage — shrunk to microscopic size in order to enter the Doctor's body to combat an alien virus. The clones in this story are short-lived, and can only survive a matter of minutes before they expire.BOOK, Muir, John Kenneth, A Critical History of Doctor Who on Television, 2007, McFarland, 9781476604541, 258–9,weblink 4 November 2017, en, Science fiction films such as The Matrix and Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones have featured scenes of human foetuses being cultured on an industrial scale in mechanical tanks.BOOK, Mumford, James, Ethics at the Beginning of Life: A Phenomenological Critique, 2013, OUP Oxford, 978-0199673964, 108,weblink 6 November 2017, en, Cloning humans from body parts is also a common theme in science fiction. Cloning features strongly among the science fiction conventions parodied in Woody Allen's Sleeper, the plot of which centres around an attempt to clone an assassinated dictator from his disembodied nose.BOOK, Humber, James M., Almeder, Robert, Human Cloning, 1998, Springer Science & Business Media, 9781592592050, 10,weblink 6 November 2017, en, In the 2008 Doctor Who story "Journey's End", a duplicate version of the Tenth Doctor spontaneously grows from his severed hand, which had been cut off in a sword fight during an earlier episode.BOOK, Lewis, Courtland, Smithka, Paula, Doctor Who and Philosophy: Bigger on the Inside, 2010, Open Court, 9780812697254, 32–33,weblink 4 November 2017, en, What's Continuity without Persistence?, After the death of her beloved 14-year old Coton de Tulear named Samantha in late 2017, Barbra Streisand announced that she had cloned the dog, and was now "waiting for [the two cloned pups] to get older so [she] can see if they have [Samantha's] brown eyes and her seriousness".NEWS,weblink Twice as nice: Barbra Streisand cloned her beloved dog and has 2 new pups, CBC News, 2018-03-01, en, The operation cost $50,000 through the pet cloning company ViaGen.

Cloning and identity

Science fiction has used cloning, most commonly and specifically human cloning, to raise the controversial questions of identity.JOURNAL, Hopkins, Patrick, How Popular media represent cloning as an ethical problem, 3527566, 28, 2, 6–13, 10.2307/3527566, 9589288, The Hastings Center Report,weblink 1998, WEB,weblink Yvonne A. De La Cruz Science Fiction Storytelling and Identity: Seeing the Human Through Android Eyes, 2012-08-19, A Number is a 2002 play by English playwright Caryl Churchill which addresses the subject of human cloning and identity, especially nature and nurture. The story, set in the near future, is structured around the conflict between a father (Salter) and his sons (Bernard 1, Bernard 2, and Michael Black) – two of whom are clones of the first one. A Number was adapted by Caryl Churchill for television, in a co-production between the BBC and HBO Films.PRESS RELEASE, Uma Thurman, Rhys Ifans and Tom Wilkinson star in two plays for BBC Two, BBC, 2008-06-19,weblink 2008-09-09, In 2012, a Japanese television series named "Bunshin" was created. The story's main character, Mariko, is a woman studying child welfare in Hokkaido. She grew up always doubtful about the love from her mother, who looked nothing like her and who died nine years before. One day, she finds some of her mother's belongings at a relative's house, and heads to Tokyo to seek out the truth behind her birth. She later discovered that she was a clone.WEB, Review of Bunshin,weblink 2012-06-09, In the 2013 television series Orphan Black, cloning is used as a scientific study on the behavioral adaptation of the clones.WEB,weblink Orphan Black (TV Series 2013– ), foreverbounds, IMDb, 3 May 2015, In a similar vein, the book The Double by Nobel Prize winner José Saramago explores the emotional experience of a man who discovers that he is a clone.NEWS, John, Banville, 'The Double': The Tears of a Clone, The New York Times, 2004-10-10, 14 January 2015,weblink

Cloning as resurrection

Cloning has been used in fiction as a way of recreating historical figures. In the 1976 Ira Levin novel The Boys from Brazil and its 1978 film adaptation, Josef Mengele uses cloning to create copies of Adolf Hitler.WEB,weblink The Boys from Brazil (1978), Christian Lee Pyle (CLPyle), 12 October 1978, IMDb, 3 May 2015, In Michael Crichton's 1990 novel Jurassic Park, which spawned a series of Jurassic Park feature films, a bioengineering company develops a technique to resurrect extinct species of dinosaurs by creating cloned creatures using DNA extracted from fossils. The cloned dinosaurs are used to populate the Jurassic Park wildlife park for the entertainment of visitors. The scheme goes disastrously wrong when the dinosaurs escape their enclosures. Despite being selectively cloned as females to prevent them from breeding, the dinosaurs develop the ability to reproduce through parthenogenesis.BOOK, Cohen, Daniel, Cloning, 2002, Millbrook Press, 9780761328025,weblink 4 November 2017, en,

Cloning for warfare

The use of cloning for military purposes has also been explored in several fictional works. In Doctor Who, an alien race of armour-clad, warlike beings called Sontarans was introduced in the 1973 serial "The Time Warrior". Sontarans are depicted as squat, bald creatures who have been genetically engineered for combat. Their weak spot is a "probic vent", a small socket at the back of their neck which is associated with the cloning process.BOOK, Thompson, Dave, Doctor Who FAQ: All That's Left to Know About the Most Famous Time Lord in the Universe, 2013, Hal Leonard Corporation, 9781480342958,weblink 4 November 2017, en, The concept of cloned soldiers being bred for combat was revisited in "The Doctor's Daughter" (2008), when the Doctor's DNA is used to create a female warrior called Jenny.BOOK, Barr, Jason, Mustachio, Camille D. G., The Language of Doctor Who: From Shakespeare to Alien Tongues, 2014, Rowman & Littlefield, 9781442234819, 219,weblink 5 November 2017, en, The 1977 film Star Wars was set against the backdrop of a historical conflict called the Clone Wars. The events of this war were not fully explored until the prequel films (Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones|Attack of the Clones) (2002) and (Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith|Revenge of the Sith) (2005), which depict a space war waged by a massive army of heavily armoured clone troopers that leads to the foundation of the Galactic Empire. Cloned soldiers are "manufactured" on an industrial scale, genetically conditioned for obedience and combat effectiveness. It is also revealed that the popular character Boba Fett originated as a clone of Jango Fett, a mercenary who served as the genetic template for the clone troopers.BOOK, McDonald, Paul F., The Star Wars Heresies: Interpreting the Themes, Symbols and Philosophies of Episodes I, II and III, 2013, McFarland, 9780786471812, 167–171,weblink 4 November 2017, en, The Clones, WEB,weblink Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008), compel_bast, 15 August 2008, IMDb, 3 May 2015,

Cloning for exploitation

A recurring sub-theme of cloning fiction is the use of clones as a supply of organs for transplantation. The 2005 Kazuo Ishiguro novel Never Let Me Go and the 2010 film adaptionWEB,weblink Never Let Me Go (2010), espenshade55, 11 February 2011, IMDb, 3 May 2015, are set in an alternate history in which cloned humans are created for the sole purpose of providing organ donations to naturally born humans, despite the fact that they are fully sentient and self-aware. The 2005 film The IslandWEB,weblink The Island (2005), 22 July 2005, IMDb, 3 May 2015, revolves around a similar plot, with the exception that the clones are unaware of the reason for their existence.The exploitation of human clones for dangerous and undesirable work was examined in the 2009 British science fiction film Moon.WEB,weblink Moon (2009), larry-411, 17 July 2009, IMDb, 3 May 2015, In the futuristic novel Cloud Atlas and subsequent film, one of the story lines focuses on a genetically-engineered fabricant clone named Sonmi~451, one of millions raised in an artificial "wombtank," destined to serve from birth. She is one of thousands created for manual and emotional labor; Sonmi herself works as a server in a restaurant. She later discovers that the sole source of food for clones, called 'Soap', is manufactured from the clones themselves.WEB,weblink Technology News – 2017 Innovations and Future Tech,

See also





Further reading

  • Guo, Owen. "World's Biggest Animal Cloning Center Set for '16 in a Skeptical China." The New York Times, The New York Times, 26 Nov. 2015
  • Lerner, K. Lee. "Animal cloning." The Gale Encyclopedia of Science, edited by K. Lee Lerner and Brenda Wilmoth Lerner, 5th ed., Gale, 2014. Science In Context, link
  • Dutchen, Stephanie. "Rise of the Clones." Rise of the Clones | Harvard Medical School, 2018

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