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Cloning Man's Best Friend


Eric Przykuta
Science Department
Lancaster Middle School


The Cleaver family of television fame faces a dilemma—whether or not to clone their recently deceased dog Spot. Written for a high school introductory biology class, the case provides students with an opportunity to discuss animal cloning and its ethical implications. Students role-play the viewpoints of the father and mother, Jack and Grace Cleaver, and their son Ralphy as well as the dog Spot and debate the various positions on cloning.

  • Discuss the ethical issues involved in animal cloning.
  • Discuss the pros and cons of cloning.
  • Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of the cloning process.
  • Clear up any misconceptions regarding the process of cloning.
Keywords: Cloning
Topical Area: Ethics, Scientific argumentation
Educational Level: Middle school, High school
Formats: PDF
Type/Method: Dilemma/Decision, Role-Play
Language: English
Subject Headings: Biology (General)   Science (General)  
Date Posted: 02/03/03
Date Modified: N/A
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