Wednesday, 28 November 2012

DD3000 DESIGN FUTURES #13: Extra Research

Remember the last research post I did where I listed around 50-odd sources I would be using for my report? Well, since then I added a couple more to the list, so I figured I'd add a post for them now. Most of them were selected because I needed a quote or some context to back-up something I'd written, so they're a bit more specific than the other research articles I've collected.

Ian Wilmut: Human Cloner
A biography of the professional life of Dr Ian Wilmut, one of the men responsible for cloning Dolly. This article was chosen for the section detailing Wilmut's views on cloning humans, which he expresses as 'repugnant in general'.
Smith, W. J. (2007). Ian Wilmut: Human Cloner – CBS News. Retrieved from:

If a species doesn't have a big enough gene pool, can it still evolve?
A HowStuffWorks article about the importance of genetic diversity and the negative effects on gene pools that lack it. I sleected this article because I needed to back up a point about how widespread cloning could negatively impact the human gene pool.
Atteberry, J. (2010). If a species doesn’t have a big enough gene pool, can it still evolve? Retrieved from

Ocean Watch - Starfish have amazing power of regeneration

A blog post by Marine biologist Susan Scott about Starfish and their natural regenerative abilities, including how these abilities could be used to clone each other. This was selected as an example of how cloning can occur naturally in some species in the natural world, as starfish are quite a famous example.
Scott, S. (2001). Ocean Watch: Starfish have amazing power of regeneration. Retrieved from

Are Telomeres the Key to Aging and Cancer
A report about telomeres, explaining what they are and how they relate to aging and cancer. This source proved useful when talking about the health problems related to cloning, as telomeres are believed to be related to this.
Siegal, L. J. (2012)Are Telomeres the Key to Aging and Cancer?. Learn.Genetics. Retrieved November 14, 2012, from

Sheep Clone's Cells Aging Faster Than She Is

A news article speculating about Dolly's cells were older than she was becuase of here telomeres. As with the previous source, this proved useful when talking about the health risks of cloning.
Kolata, G. (1999). Sheep Clone’s Cells Aging Faster Than She Is. Retrieved from:

Overview of World Human Cloning Policies
A module overview about the different policies various nations of the world have in regards to cloning. I needed this source for it's statistics while talking about the political influence of cloning.
Matthews, K (2007). Overview of World Human Cloning Policies. Retrieved from:

And that's about everything I've used for this module!

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