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Post by emilyallison » Tue Nov 15, 2005 5:48 pm

A discussion question came up in my biology class. What are the advantages, economically, of cloning?

Basically the main thing that I came up with was the therapeutic benefits of cloning by replacing the damaged cells of patients with Alzheimer's or Parkinson's disease. Any other thoughts?

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Post by MrMistery » Tue Nov 15, 2005 7:46 pm

yes: manufacturing soldiers. much easy than to pay them:D
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Post by canalon » Tue Nov 15, 2005 8:06 pm

MrMistery wrote:yes: manufacturing soldiers. much easy than to pay them:D


Too much starwars, Andrew. But even if we could make clones they will still be human beings needing 20 years of care to became soldiers, not really, and as far as the law is concerned, they will still be considered individuals like you and me, so not worthy to manufacture...

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Not just neurons could be grown from stem cells but whole organs (or just pack of cells grafted on the old organ to patch damaged part) with no risk of graft rejection. But neurons could also be used to repair spinal chord when damaged in accidents.
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Post by emilyallison » Tue Nov 15, 2005 8:26 pm

So this would reduce the need for organ transplants, correct?

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Post by MrMistery » Tue Nov 15, 2005 8:37 pm

not reduce, eliminate.
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Post by emilyallison » Tue Nov 15, 2005 8:46 pm

I see, I guess there is more economic benefits than I thought.

I just came across this website when searching for help in my biology class, and I think it's going to be a great help! I'm not very good with sciences and things... :( and right now we're studying genetics and genes and I'm really not understand a lot of the material.

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Post by MrMistery » Tue Nov 15, 2005 9:46 pm

you don't understand? you could ask us, you know
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Post by siya » Wed Nov 16, 2005 11:46 am

cloning apart from therapeutic use might also be useful for scientific research.sorry can't think of anything more.but cloning can be used in way that can be hazardous.

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Post by mith » Wed Nov 16, 2005 9:40 pm

@patrick

they somehow sped up the process of ageing...I'm guessing it would be more akin to blade runner than starwars
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Post by canalon » Thu Nov 17, 2005 3:17 am

mithrilhack wrote:@patrick
they somehow sped up the process of ageing...I'm guessing it would be more akin to blade runner than starwars


In starwars yes, and in other movies too, but as far as I know, if human cloning may not be tru yet, it's close while artificial ageing (maturation?) is still only Science Fiction. Mind you, I love that, but here we are talking science...
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