Bringing Back Baby Jason
To Clone or Not to Clone
School of Nursing
George Washington University
This dilemma case, designed for use in an undergraduate genetics course, explores the basic genetic concepts underlying the cloning process as well as the ethical, medical, political, economic, and religious issues surrounding human cloning. While the case presents a fictitious scenario, it is based on the story of Charleston attorney and former state delegate Mark Hunt and his wife Tracey, who privately funded human cloning after the death of their infant son Andrew.
- To introduce students to the concept of human cloning.
- To develop an understanding of the basic genetic concepts underlying the cloning process, including imprinting, mitosis, meiosis, asexual reproduction, and sexual reproduction.
- To encourage students to consider the scientific and social aspects of human cloning.
KeywordsCloning; imprinting; enucleation; sexual reproduction; meiosis; mitosis; cell division; somatic cells; epigenetics; Mark Hunt
Topical AreasEthics, Social issues
Educational LevelHigh school, Undergraduate lower division
Type / MethodsDilemma/Decision
Subject HeadingsGenetics / Heredity | Cell Biology | Molecular Biology | Biotechnology | Biology (General) |
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