There are ethical concerns for certain, but also the role of the environment cannot be underestimated. We have a genotype and phenotype. Phenotype is influenced by environmental factors. For instance, when researchers cloned a cat with the clone being an exact genetic makeup of the other cat, the cloned cat showed a different coat coloring pattern. This is phenotype. Even environment in the womb can influence phenotype.
Not quite the same, but similar, people have paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to clone their beloved pet after it has died. To the surprise of owners, the pet was not the same as their first beloved pet.
Check this out:
http://nymag.com/scienceofus/2016/03/paying-usd100-000-to-clone-your-dog-wont-give-you-your-dog-back.html (Links to an external site.)
http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2015/09/30/428927516/cloning-your-dog-for-a-mere-100-000 (Links to an external site.)
http://en.sooam.com/index.html (Links to an external site.)
The subject of Week 6’s post will be a continuation of this topic after you view the videos. While we cannot perform these types of experiments on humans, can we learn anything from the animal data? What do you think? What do you conclude from viewing these stories? What are the psychological and ethical ramifications? Can we draw any conclusions that could apply to humans who want to clone a child or genetically modify a child?