These are the first monkey clones produced by the method that resulted in Dolly the sheep. A news release by Cell Press notes, "The first primate clones made by somatic cell nuclear transfer are two genetically-identical long-tailed macaques born recently at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Institute of Neuroscience in Shanghai." The news statement adds, "The technical milestone presented January 24th in the journal Cell makes it a realistic possibility for labs to conduct research with customizable populations of genetically uniform monkeys." New Scientist notes, "This advancement could speed up treatments for diseases such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer's, and cancer." But the breakthrough will inevitably raise fears that human cloning is closer than ever.
1. What kind of method was used to produce the monkey clones?
2. Does 'monkey cloning' make you feel significantly different compared to 'sheep cloning'? Why or why not?
3. How could monkey cloning be helpful to humans?
4. Do you think animal cloning is inhumane? Why do you think so?
"Human cloning should never be allowed."
Do you agree?
Why do you think so?