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Clone Your Own Exotic Pets - Cloning

Guest Author - Diana Geiger

Clone your own, exotic pets – it is certainly possible. However, what reasons would we have to clone an exotic pet? I can think of a few good reasons.

Grief is a strong emotion. I can imagine that someone who has lost a much loved pet would consider having one cloned. Another reason would be the number of exotic animals that are near extinction, or animals that are extinct...gone forever. The third reason would be to save human lives.

I am sure many people have very strong feelings about cloning. It is a moral dilemma. What are your thoughts? I will give everyone the opportunity to offer his or her opinion at the end of this article. For the time being, I want to discuss cloning.

Cloning is producing an identical life form using nonsexual means. Many people have cloned without realizing it. I personally am not above taking a clipping of a plant, preparing the cutting, and planting it, and waiting until it takes root. Once the root is formed you have a plant. This example is a simple form of cloning (asexually propagating plants). Cloning can also be seen naturally – identical twins. Identical twins are genetically different from their folks; but they are clones of each other.

Scientist‘s have been conducting experiments in cloning for many years. It didn’t become a household topic until the sheep Dolly was born in 1997 becoming the first cloned mammal.

The first clone of an endangered species died only two days after birth. It was a baby guar named Noah. A Pyrenean ibex declared extinct in the year 2000 was cloned from frozen tissue. The ibex was another cloned animal that died shortly after birth.

An endangered species the African wildcat was successfully cloned. Not only were they successfully cloned, the two cloned African wildcats have bred and have had two litters of kittens.

Humanity has done a disastrous job of saving the tiger. The tiger is very close to extinction. With frozen DNA, the species may survive after humanity finally comes of age.

The domestic ferret was successfully cloned in 2004, the result Libby and Lilly. Successfully cloning the ferret could be significant in two ways. Saving an endangered species the Black Footed Ferret, but also to study respiratory problems, humans and ferrets share a similarity in respiratory disease. Creating genetically defined ferrets with this inheritance of respiratory diseases can perhaps save human lives.

Endangered Species Black-Footed Ferret (captive) Creator Hagerty, Ryan

Cloning is truly interesting. But should an animal be produced, allowed to suffer just to save human lives? Should an animal be cloned to save an endangered or extinct species of animals? Should you be able to clone your dead beloved pet because you miss him or her?

This subject is open for discussion, your thoughts, cloning morally right or wrong, and why?

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