These definitions of a clone, however, don't really address the current debate about cloning. A sheep named Dolly was the very first clone of an adult mammal. Dolly was news because for the first time a clone was created from differentiated cells -- that is, cells that were not embryonic. Since Dolly, researchers the world over have been creating clones of other mammals, including mice and cows. Because human beings are also mammals, scientists have begun to discuss the ethical, moral, legal, and biological issues that might result from the cloning of human beings. 

Under what circumstances should cloning be allowed? Is it acceptable to clone bacteria? Mice? Is it acceptable to clone your favorite pet animal? Should cloning of human organs be allowed? Should cloning of human beings be allowed? What kind of human restrictions should be allowed.


Your task in this Webquest is to form an opinion on human cloning. 

You will learn about cloning by reading an ezine

You will then study web pages on various other cloning-related issues. 

You will research ethical arguments in support of and opposed to human cloning. 

You will research legal aspects of cloning to see what is and is not legal. You will identify and discuss moral issues of cloning. 

Finally you will form an opinion in favor of or opposed to cloning.



You will research each of the following web pages. Take notes on each as you will be required to hand in a brief description of each site. Remember, you are looking for information as well as ideas to help form your own opinion.


Before you begin a Webquest, make sure you check out the ezine!

Legal Concerns

Legislation on Human Cloning See what laws govern human cloning in the United States.
Japan to imprison cloning offenders. Read about efforts in Japan to ban cloning of humans.


Moral and ethical concerns

Introduction to human cloning. Read an introduction to and a history of human cloning.
Benefits of human cloning. The Human Cloning Foundation offers many arguments in support of human cloning. You can do much of your research here.
Genetic engineering and cloning. This site offers information on Dolly as well as a forum for debate on the ethics of cloning.
The cloning debate. This Washington Post article discusses the debate on cloning. This is a great place to look for other cloning articles, as well.
The Public Perspective Read a report on the public's perspective on cloning.
More human cloning. This site has nearly fifty more articles on human cloning (as well as a great video on emerging technologies.)
Ethics of human cloning. Read a University of Maryland School of Public Affairs article on human cloning ethical concerns.
President's Council on Bioethics. Read about the effects of cloning on family and society. Also, click on PCBE Home to read more from the President's council.
Editorial on cloning. Read a US News and World Report editorial on cloning, Also, do a search on "cloning" here. You never know what you might find.


You will hand in proof of your research. Write a brief (one or two sentence) description of each link you visited, including those from the ezine. Have your teacher check it before continuing on with your essay.

Now that you have completed your research on the Internet, form your own opinion about whether or not human cloning should be allowed and whether it will be allowed. Should all kinds of cloning be allowed? If cloning is allowed, should there be any restrictions on what it is used for? Should any kind of cloning be banned altogether? Write a short list of the ethical standards that you think should be used to determine the parameters of cloning technology. Then write an essay to support your opinion. Your essay should contain the following:

  1. A brief definition of cloning and a description of cloning procedures.
  2. Ethical standards on which your opinion is based.
  3. Legal standards on which your opinion is based.
  4. Personal beliefs on which your opinion is based.
  5. Prediction(s) for the future. "Will cloning be commonplace?"

Your essay should be at least 1.5 typewritten pages.