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Clones are individuals that are genetically identical. Making plant clones can be easy - you start with a bit of leaf, stem or root from the original plant. The plant cells divide and produce new cells, which grow into a clone of the original plant. This is an example of a sexual reproduction. 

Benefits, drawbacks and risks of cloning mammals

  • Very few embryos produced during animal cloning develop successfully. 
  • Dolly was the only lamb produced after 237 cloning attempts. 
  • Dolly also seemed to grow older much more quickly than normal and died young. 
  • Cloning is useful to make a genetically indentical copy


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