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CLIP 4139

Cloning

Cloning
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Key Info
  • Cloning
  • Duration: 04:48
  • 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. The report also 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. The report then moves on to discussing the possibility of Human cloning in the future and how people may react to this. This clip has subtitles available in Flash.
  • Credits: BFI National Archive
  • Subject:

    Literacy

       Topic:

    Persuasion, Argument and Discussion

  • Keywords: DNA, argument, persuasion, cloning, subtitled, test tube baby, fertility treatment, babies, conceiving, Humans
Ideas for use in class
  • 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. The structure of a written argument must present both sides – this clip displays both sides of the argument about the use of DNA in cloning. Children could watch this clip, making notes on one side or the other, or both, and use this in their writing. The clip could also be used as a model for how an argument should look. Students basing their own discussions on a different topic can use the same structure as the argument in the clip.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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