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Description

Dolly the Sheep at the Roslin Institute in Scotland is introduced. Dolly is a healthy sheep produced by laboratory cloning. Dolly's cloning followed 10 years of unsuccessful cloning attempts. The process of cloning, how it is used and the possible dangers are explained. Scientists give their opinions and views on how cloning has been developed and how there are possibilities of things going wrong. Dolly's kidney is compared to that of a naturally bred sheep as an example. The report makes references to the use of cloning within fertility treatment, and tells the story of the first test tube baby born and how it was seen by some as unnatural. The report goes on to explain how 25 years later, fertility treatment is an accepted way of conceiving babies. It then discusses the possibility of human cloning in the future and how people may react to this.

Note: Dolly the Sheep died in 2003.
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First broadcast:
10 January 2008

Classroom Ideas

This report can be used as a basis when studying the writing of an argument. Children can watch this clip and spend time discussing their own views and then make notes on one side or the other, or both, and use this in their writing.

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