Just imagine what the world would be like if we allowed human cloning to take place. Many say that it has already done so and that human cloning’s widespread use in inevitable. In this series of lessons I aim to get 11-2 thinking about the possible future consequences of decisions the scientific community makes today.
The imagine project aims to get you thinking creatively about science and exploring the big debates that matter today. Human cloning is possibly one of the most contentious issues our species has ever been faced with. Check out the debate for yourself.
We are going to carry out a series of 4 ‘explorations’ into human cloning, starting first with a look at the technology that has allowed us to think realistically for the first time ever about the possibility of producing cloned human beings.
On Tuesday 27 November 2012 I want you to answer these questions:
- What technology exists that we could use to clone human beings?
- Who has access to that technology?
- Who controls the use of that technology?
We’ve already looked at the possibility that a human clone could have been made already. In Wednesday’s lesson we’ll look critically at this claim and assess the evidence available about whether it’s true or not.
Thursday will see us draw together the strands of the debate and try to suggest further routes to explore during Friday’s lesson when we’ll conclude our look at this most divisive and important issue facing the future of our species.