12 July 2013

Another You

Just two weeks ago I started watching this tv series titled Orphan Black produced by BBC America. And it was super awesome. The show follows Sarah Manning, portrayed by Tatiana Maslany who is very talented actress I assure you, who stole the identity of Elizabeth Childs after the latter committed suicide which also revealed to be her clone. Watch the trailer here:
I really want to highlight again how amazing Tatiana Maslany is in this show. I tell you she's really doing a great job acting five or so different characters. If you've watched the show already then you know that  though the different characters were done with just one actress, you really can tell which character is which .


Moving on, the show made me interested about human cloning and its issues. According to the U.S. Human Genome Project, there are different kinds of cloning and one  particular which is raising a lot of issues is the Therapeutic Cloning (TC). Basically, the process of TC is removing the stem cells from the embryos which in the process kills the embryos. See where the issues come from? It is said that the goal of the TC is to generate virtually any type of specialized cell in the human body that can be used to treat diseases like  Alzheimer's or Parkinson's and not create cloned human beings for our own selfish reasons. Based from the different articles I read, for me, the most useful outcome of the TC is the possibility of cloning organs. For those people who are suffering from terrible diseases and need urgent organ donors, TC could be one hell of a solution for them. The "normal" process of organ transplant is difficult because it's not easy to find donors plus there's no guarantee that your body will not reject the new organ. So what if we could eventually grow new organs (cloned) that your body would surely recognize because of course the organs will come from your own stem cells. The sick won't need a long time to wait for the organ needed and the risk of the body rejecting the organ won't be a problem. For example, coaxing a human stem cell to become a kidney. How cool and revelation would that be? I mean this TC is obviously not perfected because of the issues it brings but we could be just one step away to solving one or two diseases from the countless incurable ones.

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