Highland Wildcats to be Cloned
A member of the team behind cloning Dolly the Sheep back in 1996 has started work to clone rare Wildcats. The number of Wildcats is thought to be around 400, and attempts to increase their number by cloning have previously been suggested by the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland.
Inter-breeding with domestic cats is one of the reasons the wild numbers have dwindled, however, the domestic cat could provide the answer.
Because the Wildcat crosses with domestic cats, it is hard to find a pure bred. However, scientists have been able to use domestic cats to clone other species. Similarly, dog eggs have been used to clone wolves. Only Wildcat skin cells would be needed for the cloning process in addition to the eggs of a domestic cat.
In the Cairngorms, domestic cats are sprayed to prevent them breeding with Wildcats, and this could provide a suitable source of eggs to be used in the cloning procedure.
The RZSS’s Highland Wildlife Park stated that a hybrid of housecat/wildcat could give birth to pure breed wildcats. This, it is hoped, would help boost the numbers of the 150 breeding pairs that survive in the highlands.
In our science class we're studying cloning and natural selection
We looked at pictures of failed disfigured clones of cows and lambs and we watched a debate about cloning. It just scares me that there are people out there who would fully risk deformed and disfigured babies (that mostly die before birth) in order to boost their ego and be named the best scientist or what not.
(Assuming scientists could clone people)
What would be the point?
If you cloned, lets say your mother who had reacently died. Yes she would look the same but you can’t clone personality. In fact it would be so unethical to force that person to be who you want them to be. It would be horrible. The reason you were brought into existence was be to play the life of someone else.
Just my thoughts