Question Sheet: Animal Clones: Double Trouble?
- What cloning stories have you heard about in the news?
- Why are people nervous about cloning?
- Which animal, if any, would you like to see cloned? Why?
- Describe in your own words how cloning works.
- Name three different types of people (or industries) that would benefit from cloning.
- According to Westhusin, what problems can often happen with cloning animals?
- Which animals are scientists trying to clone? Why?
- How does science reporter Rick Weiss feel about cloned meat? Why?
- Would you eat a hamburger made from the meat of a cloned animal? Why or why not?
- Compare and contrast the advantages and disadvantages of cloning endangered animals.
- Why do people find identical twins acceptable but often feel nervous about clones? What would you describe as the major differences between identical twins and clones?
- Name an advantage of cloning not listed in this article.
- Cloning is a strongly debated issue in our society. What responsibility do you think the government has to stop, limit, or encourage cloning?
- Write a science fiction story about a world full of clones. Would it be a perfect world full of beautiful, healthy people, or would it be a creepy realm with lots of strange diseases?
- Search the Internet for examples of debates about cloning. Pick some key points and write your own editorial about this issue.
The average cow produces 17,000 pounds of milk a year, but some cows can produce 45,000 pounds of milk a year. If a farmer could have cows that all produced the larger amount of milk, how much more milk would a farmer get from 76 cows in one year. If cloned cows that produce 45,000 pounds of milk a year cost twice as much as ordinary cows, would it still be worth it for the farmer to get cloned cows? Why?