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Consider the following situation:
A happy couple have a lovely daughter. They would like to have a son as well. They are wealthy and can afford to pay a special clinic to perform IVF (in vitro fertilisation) treatment that will allow them to select the sex of their child ('sex selection or 'family balancing') One of them is eager to undergo this treatment, the other is reluctant. Imagine a discussion they might have on this topic.
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Take note of these questions:
a) What is the primary thing you need to clone an individual?
b) Why can't geneticists currently implant a human embryo into a uterus?
c) Why is it difficult for geneticists to obtain funding for their research? (2 main reasons)
d) Even if Robert Lanza could easily get more human embryos (or human 'eggs'), why might he need hundreds of them?
e) How does Robert Lanza explain the chances of have successfully cloning a human being?
f) Why does the narrator (Morgan Freeman) believe that humans will be cloned?
g) How is cloning a person not the same as duplicating a person?
h) Complete the final sentence of the video: 'Perhaps the key to life after death is not to grow an entirely new body, but to ...
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What do you think?
If you were a doctor developing the technology to clone humans, how would you answer the following questions?
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Where would you conduct your cloning of humans?
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What kinds of people would you clone?
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What is more important, creating the first human clone, or creating a "healthy" cloned child?
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Would you want the world to know about your experiments, or would you want to keep them a secret? WHY?