Have you ever wanted to clone your precious animal friend? Well, now you can! There are many companies available in the USA, but they’re quite expensive. Cloning can cost more than a hundred thousand dollars. That may be a lot of money, but just think about how much you would want to clone your pet.
Some history: the first cloned mammal was a sheep called Dolly who was named after Dolly Parton, a popular country singer. Dolly the sheep died on February 14, 2003 from a lung disease. The cloning process takes active cells from the animal you want to clone, and then you would need surrogate that acts as the mother that is the same animals species or a close relative. Recently a monkey was cloned so one would think we are on our way to cloning human beings.
The cloning of extinct animals is a very complicated and debated subject. The argument is not whether we can do it but should we do it. The animals that died thousands of years ago had a place in the ecosystem but now their role may have been filled or just disappeared. We couldn’t clone organisms without any soft tissue left so sadly dinosaurs can’t yet be cloned. They also have to have a animal in the same family with close enough DNA and that is as big so it can give birth. as it was so the giant ground sloth couldn’t be cloned because living sloths are too small. They also still have to have a role in their ecosystem so many animals don’t meet this requirement. Animals from the ice age may never be able to roam around in the wild but in zoos it could make sense. But recent extinctions may come back into the the wild like the Passenger Pigeon, Tasmanian Tiger, or the Beijing River Dolphin. Hopefully someday we will be able to see some extinct animals roaming the earth.
By Garret Chastain
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