The Truth About Cloning
Part 2 in a 3 part series
by Doug Bayliss
We’ve seen that people are cloning their pets to try and keep the memory alive of their loss, but is there a commercial side to cloning? As it turns out, there is a lot of cloning going on out there for commercial purposes.
In 2012, several cloned, Drug-Sniffing dogs, celebrated remarkable success in a South Korean Airport. Toppy is the name given to these cloned Labrador Retriever dogs, born in late 2007 to three surrogate mothers. They were the world’s first cloned working dogs and were used by the Korea Customs Service. Each Toppy is a clone of a renowned sniffer dog from Canada.
Only a few hundred Ethiopian wolves remain, in populations scattered across the country’s highlands. Should they be cloned to prevent extinction? A beautiful creature, but how do we choose which animals to help and which animals to let die out?
Yes, it is quite true. Livestock of all shapes and sizes are being cloned and genetically altered to grow faster, leaner and to produce more milk.
When little Johnny wants to care for, raise and show a cow, he doesn’t have to work hard anymore. Give him a clone!
It took you years of breeding to finally have a champion horse. How proud you must be, now just make copies to sell!
A good soldier is hard to find. So is a dog. Like with the “sniffer dogs” above, if you have a great fighting dog don’t send him out for stud: clone him
Photograph by Thomas Prior for Bloomberg Businessweek.
There sure is a lot of cloning going on. I have to wonder, is cloning safe?
Click for Part 3: “Is There a Downside to Cloning?”