Cloning question

  1. Mar 25, 2014 #1
    If I were to clone myself at the age of 70, would the child even though physically in the stages of childhood, have similar deterioration and symptoms of aging as me?
     
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  3. Mar 25, 2014 #2

    Simon Bridge

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    Maybe - aging is a matter of lifestyle as well as genetics.
     
  4. Mar 26, 2014 #3

    Monique

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    Depending on the tissue that is taken, there could be a risk of mutations that have been introduced (such as skin exposed to the sun), but a cloned young animal wouldn't have similar signs of aging as the old donor.
     
  5. Mar 26, 2014 #4

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    I thought Dolly had problems because of short telomeres? Or was it just a media hype?
     
  6. Mar 26, 2014 #5

    Monique

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    The telomeres were reduced in length compared to age-matched sheep, but they were not as short as the donor. Subsequent studies have shown that telomere length is reset in other cloning efforts: http://www.sciencemag.org/content/288/5466/586.long

    Or just check the Roslin institute:
     
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