The Cloning Conundrum

It may come as a surprise to those who eat meat that cloning livestock for meat is now commonplace. The USDA does not even require food produced as the result of animal cloning to be labelled as such. While the cloning of humans remains a taboo subject and an activity that is illegal worldwide, such is not the case with animals, including horses. Ever since Dolly the sheep was born in 1996, the science of cloning has been applied across the domestic animal kingdom. Horses are now cloned for the purposes of preserving genetic material for breeding, and it would seem inevitable that one day a cloned horse will make history by competing in the Olympic Games. Cloning 101 Simply put, a cloned horse is a genetic copy, created without sexual reproduction. It is a common misconception that a clone is genetically modified (likely the fault of those scary movies),…

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