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All in the Genes

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School Bd/College/University DVD: $575

Subjects: Ethics, Genetics, Medicine

Grade Level: SrH-Adult
Producer: Filmakers Library
Closed Captioned:
Running Time: 52 mins
Country of Origin: United States
Study Guide: No

Copyright Date: 1998
Available in French: No

The world was stunned by the revelation that scientists had cloned a mature animal for the first time. In Scotland scientists had taken a cell from the udder of one sheep, implanted it in another sheep's egg and placed it in a third sheep which acted as a surrogate mother. Thus “Dolly” was born! The implications for livestock breeding and for human medicine are enormous. But along with the elation accorded this breakthrough was an anxiety felt by many that science had gone too far down a road whose destination was unknown and possibly dangerous. How far should one go? Should there be areas best left unexplored?