Another week has passed, so it’s time for a new blog!
Today I want to cover something different than fluorescence. Early this morning I had to do some labwork regarding cloning experiments (actually I have to do this kind of labwork more or less everyday) and it got me thinking. I had to clone (technical definition: a cell, cell product, or organism that is genetically identical to the unit or individual from which it was derived or a population of identical units, cells, or individuals that derive from the same ancestral line) some DNA of my fluorescent proteins in bacteria (E. Coli) and I started wondering off in a more phylosophical way. What would happen if people would actually be allowed to be cloned? or maybe just parts of the human body? For example wouldn’t it be great to replace damaged organs or tissues by genetically exactly the same organs and tissues in your body or even a little bit modified so this certain medical issue won’t be a problem anymore or should we stay away from playing god in the first place? The big question, if allowed: where does it end? Who draws the line and why there? Will we create “super” humans after a while? what about the need of diversity? A quick search on google ended up most of the times in an article or debate about the ethics regarding this topic (f.e.: http://news.discovery.com/human/genetics/could-humans-be-cloned-130520.htm)
I’d like to ask your opinion about this matter in a more open blog this week. Maybe we can have a ‘respectful’ discussion regarding this topic gaining a few insights from one another, so please don’t hesitate to write your thoughts about this!