Warm Up 9 is due Wednesday, March 24, 2004 at 9:30
The Cloning Academy
Awards: Can you think of any movies that center around
cloning, or are based around DNA in some way? If so, what is the 'take-home
message' of that movie?
[Plot Summary: Messing around
with DNA = Don't do it!!]
From Shifty-eyed swindler: Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me.
The take home message is that having an evil clone to do your evil-doing is
far more shaggadelic than doing
it your own groovy self! Even if he's 1/10 your size...Yeah baby , yeah!
From Lydia: "Jurasic Park" = Michael Chreighton;
"The Third Twin" = Ken Follett Message: It's cool but dangerous.
Or, It's not nice to fool mother nature.
From Mel: A movie that I can think of is "Multiplicity"
with Michael Keaton. Its about a busy guy who wanted to clone himself so that
he can spend more time with his kids and wife. This movie was very funny,
I think that you would really enjoy it. Another movie is "Jurassic Park"
Making dinosaurs out of a DNA that were found in prehistoric mosquito. This
movie was also pretty cool. Both movies' message at the end was that it
was not a good idea to mess with nature and its natural
occurance. Just leave nature alone and let it be.
From Goose: Well I know when I think of cloning, Arnold Schwarzenegger
and his movie "The Sixth Day" comes to mind. Just like any other
clone type movie, the take home message
is that it is bad because your clone will try to kill you.
From Moe: I thought of Star Wars: Attack of the Clones. In
it, an enormous drone army is created from the DNA of Jango Fett. The army
has been tweaked just so, creating fighting machines that can
be easily controlled by the Jedi or those in charge.
As far as this movie is concerned, the clones did manage to their job very
effectively. The rescued the remaining Jedi in the colusseum. However, I think
that in the third movie, we will probably see the negative side of this clone
army, as they transition from Jedi allies to defenders of the Dark Side (Vader).
From wet: THE ONE has Jet Li and he has to fight his CLONE?
That cloning process was considered a very bad thing and was not a good move
in the movie.
From LeLe: I can't think of the name of this movie but I
think Arnold plays in it and he is cloned, actually a lot of people are cloned
and regenerated and he mets his other self because he didn't know he was clone
and people are trying to kill him and stuff, but there wasn't
any real message in the movie, it was an action movie and action movies never
really have any real message.
From leishi: The only movie that comes to me is the Santa
Clause 2. They clone santa so that the real one can find a wife and they also
clone toy soldiers. The clones were not as well defined as the originals.
Also the clones were evil.
From kg: Gattaca. It is a movie
that centers around DNA. If you have 'good' DNA then you are considered as
an above average person and are eligible for certain jobs. If you have 'bad'
DNA then you receive the not so pleasant jobs.
From sweetie: I used to watch Guiding
Light (the soap opera) and they cloned one of the main characters,
Reva. Even though she had not really died, they thought she did and her clone
ended up aging so fast that no one really got to experience the real "Reva"
until the actual one showed up again. The take-home-message to me would be
that no matter what you will never be able to have the same person back no
matter what so don't even try.
From morsel: mmm...101 Dalmations.
Where did all 101 dalmations come from??
Nominations from Dr. Marrs:
The Fly, with Jeff Goldblum.
Man's DNA accidently mixes with fly DNA, with gruesome results. Get the fly
Sleeper, with Woody Allen and Diane Keaton. Futuristic (and
funny) attempt at cloning a dead leader..
And my favorite for the under 10-set:
Pokemon: The First Movie: Although
it seems like just another attempt by Nintendo to get our
little ones to Catch 'em All, Pokemon: The First Movie is really a
movie about Genetic Determinism. Plot summary:
Scientists clone the Pokemon MewTwo from another Pokemon, Mew.
MewTwo, angered to find out that he is 'just a clone', begins cloning other
Pokemons in revenge. Our heroes Ash Ketcham and Pikachu confront
the clones and save the planet. The film ends with the realization that fighting
is wrong AND that an organism is more than their genes......MewTwo's ending
speech: "I see now that the circumstances of one's birth are irrelevant.
It's what you do with the gift of life that determines who you are."
QUESTION 2: Where
do Human Embryonic Stem Cells (hES cells) come from? What are some of the
ethical implications of using hES cells for medical research?
From B-rad: They come from the Inner
Cell Mass, which is what develops into an embryo. This is
why there is controversy about the ethics of this research, because you are
basically taking the cells that would become a human, and using them for something
From pp: They come from the universal cells that hold
great promise for medical research. their goal, is not to
clone humans but to advance understanding of the cause and treatment of disease.
Patients with diseases like Pakinson's and diabetes have been waiting for
the star of so-called therapeutic cloning to make embryonic stem cells that
are an exact genetic match of patient. Those cells, patients hope to be turned
into replacement tissue to treat or cure their
disease without provoking rejection from the body's immune
From shell: Human Embryonic Stem Cells come from the blastula's
inner cell mass. These come from eggs from In Vitro Fertilization. These are
"Fertilized eggs!!!!" - human beings
in early developement.
From coffeelovr6: Human embryonic cells are taken from the
inner cell mass in the blastocysts. They can be frozen or have the embyronic
cells taken. Some ethical issues are the inner cell mass will create a live
person if implanted into the uterus, many people believe that destroying these
tissues at any stage is murder. Some people believe that if these cells can
help other people, an example is an individual with a spinal cord injury,
then there is no harm in using the cells.
Dolly the sheep is a genetic twin, or clone, of a sheep that was born 6 years
earlier than Dolly. Read the material for today. Does Dolly have parents?
If so, who were her parents ? (consider genetic, biological, surrogate as
From cas: Dolly's parents, theoretically, are the same
as the sheep's parents that she was cloned from. At least
that's where the genetic material came from.
From tigger: first of all, the process of clining is much
like "asexual reproduction",
kinda. there was no mother and father host, just a recreation of something
that already existed. so, no , dolly does not have a mother or father. if
she did they would be the scientists that "gave birth" ot her. on
the other hand, dolly2 WAS created from a sperm and an egg, so might the parents
be the sheep who produced the resources for fertilization?. another point
is that yes, she had a surrogate mother, a mother that looked after her and
took her as her own. that would be the other sheep, the original dolly, who
was unaware that dolly2 was a clone.
From jz: Dolly has many parents
in a way and none in another. She is the genetic offspring
of the two parents who had her genetic twin and also she has a surrogate mother
who carried and gave birth to her. But also she wasn't conceivced in a natural
way and seems more like she was grown like a plant than a creation of two
From happy: Dolly does have parents because although she
is a clone, genetic material has to be donated
from someone for the clone to exist. Although she doesn't
have parents in the sense that we think of parents, the sheep she was cloned
from had parents and Dolly contains that same DNA. So, although it's odd,
Dolly does have parents!
From G-Momma: I would have to say that she doesn't really
have parents because there was no reproduction involving a male and female
sheep. However someone could say that the surrogate was the mother in that
she carried it yet in humans that is not the case. Or you could say that Dolly's
parents were the same as the parents of the sheep that the cell was taken
from. WAY TOO COMPLICATED!!LOL....