How unnerving would it be, waking up with your exact replica beside you? Humans have mastered various sciences; the technology of cloning is one such human marvel.
In search for answers to the existence of humans, scientists successfully decoded the core human genetics. Very soon the idea of creating a replica of a human cell became a reality. Though the idea of cloning will make a great plot for a movie, but equally disputable in real life.
1. What is human cloning?
Contrary to the major belief that human cloning means the exact replica of you, the scientific definition is quite different. Scientifically human cloning is interchangeably used for creating copies of human cells and tissues. It’s a mushrooming field of research, through application in the medical field is majorly unreported.
2. What are stem cells?
Stem cells are the key to this entire technology revolving human cloning. Pluripotency of these cells enables them to differentiate into various body organs. Similar to the practice of DNA analysis at home by CRI genetics, embryonic stem cells are reportedly generated by companies, only to be preserved and used later used as a storehouse for any organ repair.
3. What was the first ever human-made clone?Dolly, the sheep had become a household name post-1996. It was the first ever human-made clone of a sheep using somatic cell nuclear transfer technology. With this came the prospect and possibility of cloning humans an overnight vision for many scientists.
4. What are the legal sides of human cloning?
Every scientific discovery can be a friend or a foe. With human cloning, the downsides were too heavy. Majority of the scientific community came together and voiced their strong disapproval for this idea. The first trial human clone was made using the cells from a human’s leg and transferring it to the cow’s egg.
But the embryo couldn’t see the light of the day 13th day and be destroyed on the 12th day. Stringent laws were formed in every country against research on cloning technology. The states banned any research that hinted, complete human cloning. Though till date cloning of livestock’s and animals is a common practice in the labs human cloning is a punishable crime.
5. What is the ethical side of human cloning?
Human life strongly revolves around society. We are called social beings. With the idea of a cloned human, comes its social, religious and ethical stand. Organ and tissue harvesting from the cloned human is another grotesque possibility. Thus many countries strictly banned the very idea of any sort of research into these fields.
Murphy’s Law states “things will go wrong in any given situation if you give them a chance,” or more commonly, “whatever can go wrong, will go wrong.” Taking an inspiration from it, a major bullet seems to be dogged. Though the curious minds of humans want to explore this field more, few things are better to be imagined and never to be done.