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Breaking News, Analysis, Politics, Blogs, News Photos, Video, Tech Reviews - TIME.com

Breaking News, Analysis, Politics, Blogs, News Photos, Video, Tech Reviews - TIME.com | Cloning176 | Scoop.it

With a new technology such as cloning, little is known about the long term affects that come along with it. Scientists are learning that cloning isn't as simple as they thought when they cloned Dolly. In fact, scientist are amazed dolly had even survived past a few weeks of living. Only 2%-5% of all eggs that end up as clones end up as living animals.The amazing thing about cloning is that even though a clone might have defects, if that clone mates with a regular animal the baby will come out perfectly fine. Dolly has given birth to many normal baby sheep. In my opinion we need to master the art of cloning before any thought is given about cloning humans.


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Not one, not two, not three, but four clones: First quantum cloning machine to produce four copies

Not one, not two, not three, but four clones: First quantum cloning machine to produce four copies | Cloning176 | Scoop.it
Scientists in China have produced a theory for a quantum cloning machine able to produce several copies of the state of a particle at atomic or sub-atomic scale, or quantum state.

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This is an amazing advancement in cloning technology. It is difficult to clone more than one copy at a time because clones are not exact copies, they are only approximate copies. By being able to clone 4 copies at a time, we are able to have a better understanding of cloning and are able to apply this information to clone substances with any quantum state.

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Why cloning is a terrible way to bring your pet dog back from the dead

Why cloning is a terrible way to bring your pet dog back from the dead | Cloning176 | Scoop.it

(...) BioArts, the California-based company that famously cloned the 9/11 search and rescue dog Trakr, shut down its pet cloning business in 2009, citing financial and ethical concerns (more on those later). But pet cloning is still available from RNL Bio in South Korea. Cloning animals for research purposes and developing methods to make it safer and more effective is one thing, but commercial cloning, especially in its current form, feeds on the emotional hopes of distraught dog lovers to make them complicit in the poor treatment of dogs—including dogs genetically related to the ones they so love (...)But of course, a clone is not the same dog. In fact, thanks to a cloned dog having different mitochondrial DNA from its genetic donor, they're slightly less related than identical twins. Nuclear DNA is certainly an important contributor to a dog's physical and behavioral makeup; just look at all the dog breeders who will guarantee dogs who are good bird flushers or child-friendly or particularly adept at sniffing out bombs.(...)


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This article discusses the negative effects of cloning. Cloning has been used to clone a dead pet in order to ‘bring it back to life’. However, this expensive procedure is not as miraculous as it seems. Although you are using the same cells, a clone is not the same dog due to a clone having different mitochondrial DNA from the original, as well as different nuturing which affects a dog’s behavior. Many people clone there pet based on emotion and not wanting to deal with the loss, however this article informs readers that a clone is not the same as the original and you are not really getting your pet back.

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Mammoth fragments raise cloning hopes

Mammoth fragments raise cloning hopes | Cloning176 | Scoop.it

Scientists have discovered mammoth fragments that have a possibility of containing live cells. Scientists hopes to clone prehistoric animals have increased exponentially because of this discovery. If cloning this animal was possible, it would open up new doors to the scientific community. If cloning mammoths is possible then who knows how far we can go with this technology. We might be closer to a Jurassic Park then we think.

 


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If scientists have the ability to cloning this prehistoric animal, it opens doors of the possibility of cloning other extinct animals. This is a huge advancement in technology but raises some concern. Bringing extinct animals back may threaten the balance of the food chain, as well as cause harm to the environment. It is amazing to see how far technology has gone, but is it safe?

" With great power, comes great responsibility."

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Self-Cloning Seagrass May Be World's Oldest Living Thing

Self-Cloning Seagrass May Be World's Oldest Living Thing | Cloning176 | Scoop.it
Researchers say vast beds of submerged vegetation most likely at least 100,000 years old...

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An ancient seagrass growing on the floor of the Mediterranean Sea is believed to be the oldest living organism on the planet and is most likely to be at least 100,000 years old. This seagrass is a self-cloning plant which is why it has the ability to survive for so long. However, scientists fear that this plant may not be able to adapt to the current rate of global climate change.

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Julieta Isoler's comment, March 11, 2014 7:12 PM
This article is about how the Sea grass is the most ancient living organism in the planet. They say it must be at least 100,000 years old. The scientists say that the self-cloning has to do with the asexual reproduction of the organism. But this sea grass has been in a state of decline for the past 20 years. It can not adapt to many of the things such as the climate change. It's one of the basic foundations of an aquatic ecosystem
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New hope for infertile couples

Rapid developments in reproductive science could soon bring a new era of hope for couples with fertility problems.

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This article discusses how cloning can be used to help infertile couples have their own child. Although it mainly discusses the ethical dilemma of cloning I think this is a positive use of cloning technology. It allows couples who desire a child of their own to have one. In this sense I believe that the good outweighs the bad.

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Reason: can help infertile couples have children

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Cloning Fact Sheet

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What is cloning? Why clone? Facts and links to resources
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This article discusses the different types of cloning and how this technology can be used. The 3 types of cloning discussed are recombinant DNA cloning, reproductive cloning, and therapeutic cloning. Reconbinant DNA cloning is the transfer of DNA fragment of interest from one organism to a self-replicating genetic element. Reproductive cloning is technology used to generate an animal that has the same nuclear DNA as another animal that is either currently existing or previously existing. Therapeutic cloning is the production of human embryos for the use in research. These different types of cloning technology is benificial to our society because it can be used to reproduce endangered animals, find cures for diseases, and other uses.

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Cloning scientists create human brain cells

Cloning scientists create human brain cells | Cloning176 | Scoop.it
Scientists in Edinburgh who pioneered cloning have made a technological breakthrough that could pave the way for better medical treatment of mental illnesses and nerve diseases...

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Edinburgh scientists have created brain tisuue (from skin cells) from patients suffering from schizophrenia, bipolar depression, and other mental illnesses. They can use the cloned brain tissue to test different medications on them in order to find a cure for these mental illnesses. However, it is not confirmed that this will work. The medication will only be tested on cloned brain cells, it can cause harmful affects to other parts of the body as well. Also, there is no way to tell how the mental illness will progress in different patients, therefore it may not work for everyone.

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Benn Bland's comment, December 20, 2012 12:18 AM
This is a remarkable find. This technology can lead to understanding illnesses that affects thousands if not millions of people around the world. It also has the potential to be adapted to rebuild cells from other parts of the body which were or still thought to be impossible. Is it possible that one day we may be able to clone back a persons leg or other missing body part potentially as complicated as the eye?