Tarry for the Nonce

August 4, 2005


Filed under: News — lmwalker @ 4:31 pm

Snuppy the dog has been brought into being:

The researchers, led by Hwang Woo-suk, insist they cloned an Afghan hound, a resplendent supermodel in a world of mutts, only to help investigate human disease, including the possibility of cloning stem cells for treatment purposes . . .

“Successful cloning of an increasing number of species confirms the general impression that it would be possible to clone any mammalian species, including humans,” said Ian Wilmut, a reproductive biologist at the University of Edinburgh who produced the first cloned mammal, Dolly the sheep, from an adult cell nearly a decade ago.

Researchers have since cloned cats, goats, cows, mice, pigs, rabbits, horses, deer, mules and gaur, a large wild ox of Southeast Asia. So far, efforts to clone a monkey or another primate with the same techniques have failed.

I’m thinking a human will be cloned within my lifetime. Now that’s an ethical discussion I’m not eager to see.



  1. Hang it all! What ever happened to the good old-fashioned way of creating living beings? Cripes, you’d think that scientists thought the human race was now incapable of reproducing itself; we’ve only done it since the dawn of time.

    Comment by Alistair A. — August 4, 2005 @ 6:14 pm

  2. I’m sorry, you’re far too primitive to be allowed to copulate. Please hand over your testicles and step away from the girl.

    Comment by Andrew P. — August 9, 2005 @ 10:06 am

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