[Marxism] China creates first monkey clones
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Thu Jan 25 08:44:59 MST 2018
So whY is this a big deal?
In 1996, Dolly the sheep became the first mammal cloned using a technique
called somatic cell nuclear transfer. Unlike embryo splitting, which can
only yield a few copies, this method can theoretically produce an
indefinite number of clones from a single donor. This lets researchers
craft customizable, genetically uniform populations of animals with
potential for biomedical research.
Since then, scientists have cloned more than 20 species—from cows to
rabbits to dogs—using this technique, but the Chinese effort marks the
first time that non-human primates have been cloned successfully in the
same way. This is a big deal, because the cloning technique in this study
may apply to other primates such as humans. However, the study’s authors
stress that they have no intention of cloning humans.
BUT IS IT ETHICAL TO MAKE CLONES?
The use of non-human primates as lab animals has long been contentious.
Animal-welfare groups have cast experiments on non-human primates as cruel,
exactly because of the animals’ similarities to humans. They also express
concern over cloning itself, pointing to miscarriages, sterile social
environments, human hand-raising, and other unnatural stressors.
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR CLONING HUMANS?
In short, this study suggests that human cloning could be technically
possible in a matter of months to years. “The genie’s out of the bottle
now,” says Jose Cibelli <http://www.canr.msu.edu/people/dr_jose_cibelli>, a
cloning expert at Michigan State University who wasn’t involved with this
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