What we say a biggest achievement or an upcoming threat as Chinese scientists have created the first monkeys cloned in the same way as Dolly the Sheep have been produced. Scientists announced the births of Zhong Zhong and Hua Hua, a pair of healthy macaques at the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) Institute of Neuroscience in Shanghai.
Achievement Gathered Mixed Response
Prof Darren Griffin, Professor of Genetics at the University of Kent, said: “The first report of cloning of a non-human primate will undoubtedly raise a series of ethical concerns, with critics evoking the slippery slope argument of this being one step closer to human cloning.”
“The benefits of this approach, however, are clear. A primate model that can be generated with a known and uniform genetic background would undoubtedly be very useful in the study.”
On the other hand, Dr Callum MacKellar, Director of Research of the Scottish Council on Human Bioethics warned that the research on the some extent, opened door to human cloning.
“There is indeed a very serious risk that such human clones would just be created to fulfil the desires of their creators. Human beings should never be brought into existence to just replace a person who already exists or who has died because some parents want a copy of a famous or desirable person. Children should be created for themselves no matter who they are.”