If these kittens turn out healthy, it makes a good argument in favor of cloning endangered species. I didn't realize how many animals have been cloned.
This is definitely a subject that needs to be understood by the general public; I simply need to become more informed (I'm just being lazy; rather spend my time in the cat forums on TCS ) Good thread! I look forward to reading other comments.
For me, it does feel like "messing" with God & Mother Nature. And I have a relative who became a first-time mom at almost 50 - her daughter is cute& I love her, but I wonder about the other sibling embryos that were conceived in the petri dish & presumably destroyed- these are the kinds of tough questions that come up with all these "scientific advances". I love reading all the answers & considering opposing views that show up here in the IMO forum:
Oh yeah I saw some of those kittens in New Orleans when I went to the Audobon Zoo and they were soooo cute. The photos are still on my computer in the US - Jake will have to send them to me and I can post them.
If it's only animals and to help repopulate endangered species than yes, I am for cloning.
A clone, even though it is a precise genetic copy, is in fact its own person.
If a person were to clone themself, what they would get is a perfect genetic copy that was identical to them in every way. In other words, an Identical twin. But this twin would have a mind of their own.
Cloning is just fine with me as long as they dont do it on humans. God knows there's too many poeple on the earth as it is. Poor cloned people would just be used as organ farms by the rich probably!
I could not read the article but I am not n favour of cloning cats or endangered species even. It has been well established now that cloned animals - until the process is much better - suffer from many genetic defects, inlcuding arthritis and other ailments. Dolly the sheep for example died an early death. So, the idea of mixing up cloned animals with ones inm the wild is scary to me! Especially if the animal is endangered, the offspring of the resulting mating may well be prone to illness, thus decreasing the chances of these animals surviving at all!