History of Technology 5: Cloning

Cloning is pretty cool, and can be found in everyday life! Cloning is pretty cool, and can be found in everyday life! Cloning is pretty cool, and can be found in everyday life! Uh-oh...we may have cloned his description...

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transplant all right well there's more new tech all the time and we're not just

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talking about Snuggies or those you know part resistant blankets they sell

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on you commercial well we're talking about the kinds of technologies that can

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[doctors undertaking an operation] remake our genetic material and even grow new organs we're talking about the

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kind of innovations that can change our medical futures the kind of sci-fi worldly

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discoveries that have allowed us to make copies of sheep not to mention

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glow-in-the-dark plants and yet those are actually a thing in case anybody[a sheep chewing on a plant]

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hasn't figured it out by now we're talking about cloning yeah well most

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people have heard about it but what is cloning exactly well basically

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it's the ability to make a genetic copy of a single gene or an entire organism

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[a sheep inside a cloning machine] and when it's done right these copies are perfect down to the last strand of

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DNA when it's done wrong we get genetic mutants determined to destroy all of

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humanity at least thats what the suspicious clickbait article we read just told us [TV showing breaking news]

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cloning might look like a really fancy Xerox machine but it's an incredibly

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difficult and advanced piece of science random hobbyists aren't doing this in [a man standing by a giant xerox machine]

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their basements and if they are well there might be an actual cause for

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concern over the possibility of weird mutants legit cloning has

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actually done a lot more than most people think [people on the street protesting with stop cloning signs]

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with cloning technology we've been able to do all kinds of amazing things like

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clone the human insulin gene why is that cool because it allowed us to make

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synthetic insulin available to the 25 [radar alerting over a map of the USA] million people in the US with diabetes

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we've also been able to clone meat cells which some think is pretty sketchy but

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on the upside it would allow us to avoid the process of raising cows and [a man wielding an axe in an abertoire]

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killing them which if anything is the height of sketchiness and while cloning

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has even allowed rich people to clone their pets okay that particular

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application of cloning may not be as impressive as the rest [woman holding a dog in a living room]