By Jackie Lyons
Barbra Streisand is a world famous actress and singer, best known for her roles in Hello Dolly, Funny Girl and The Way We Were. In a recent interview with Variety magazine, Streisand, mentioned something her fans did not know about her.
Two of her dogs, Miss Scarlett and Miss Violet, are clones of her previous dog, Samantha, who passed away earlier this year. While many find this strange and unusual, cloning is technology of the future.
In 1996, a sheep named Dolly was the first mammal to ever be cloned from an adult cell. Dolly was cloned by The Roslin Institute in order to develop better genetically modified livestock. Since the cloning of Dolly, there have been many controversies about cloning and whether it is ethical or not. If cloning becomes more popular in today’s society, there would be no diversity. Cloning is replicating genes, and without the diversity found in these genes, cloned organisms would lose the ability to adapt. If humans had the ability to clone other humans, there would be absolutely no value of life. We’d be making humans in a lab left and right. If someone doesn’t like their child, they can just go to the nearest lab, and quickly make a new one.
Sure, cloning has it’s pros. For example, human cloning could be a lifesaver in destroying diseases and mutations found in DNA strands. It would also be beneficial for quicker recoveries from traumatic injuries. It could even bring loved ones back for a period of time. However, when asked if he would ever clone one of his dogs, Senior, Chris Patchan said, “No. It’s not the same dog. I’ll always have the memories of the old one so I don’t need a clone.” Personally, I don’t think cloning is that good of an idea. It just seems too risky and unethical to clone a human life.
While cloning may seem like a great new thing of the future, it could be extremely detrimental to society. Along with a lack of diversity and no value of life, humans would be just another artificial man made item in a world of artificial man made items.