Ian Wilmut, a British scientist who gained fame for cloning a sheep named “Dolly”, has been granted a cloning license by the British government.

This news comes just a couple of years after researchers at Texas A&M successfully cloned a domestic cat, named “CopyCat.” The researchers had already cloned a pig, a bull and a goat, and now, odds are, they’re working on duplicating a can of Carpet Fresh.

Some people think the cloning of humans is inevitable, and just around the corner.

One flaw in common thought is by people who assume their clone would be exactly like them. This wouldn’t necessarily be the case. Genetic predisposition is no match for environment. If you cloned, say, Ted Kennedy, chances are he would have the same features, but despite all the genetic similarities, life doesn’t live in a vacuum. Environment can trump genetic preprogramming. Just because Ted’s clone would be genetically a perfect match, that still doesn’t mean that the clone couldn’t turn out to be thin, Republican, and be able to drive safely across a bridge.

The next time somebody says, “Imagine how far we could advance the world if we could clone Einstein or Copernicus,” remember that cloned copies of these geniuses, due to upbringing and environment, could turn out vastly different. Don’t be shocked if Einstein’s clone is intellectually and physically lazy, getting up off the couch only for “gettink zee beer and zee Prinkles,” and Copernicus’ clone only uses his mathematical ability to figure out how many Nextel Cup Series points Sterling Marlin has.


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