Introduction to Cloning

Think about it. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if you could be having fun at the movies or reading your favourite manga in front of the computer screen while your mother thinks that you are actually sitting at your desk and poring over your biology books, or math assignments? Yes, this is possible – through CLONING!

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What is cloning?

Cloning is the process of making a genetically identical organism through nonsexual means. This means that every single bit of DNA is the same between the two!  The copied material, which has the same genetic makeup as the original, is referred to as a clone.

You may have first heard of cloning when Dolly the Sheep showed up on the scene in 1997. Cloning technologies have been around long before Dolly.  Since Dolly, several scientists have cloned other animals, including cows and mice. The recent success in cloning animals has sparked fierce debates among scientists, politicians and the general public about the use and morality of cloning plants, animals and possibly humans.

What is Cloning