I found this gem in the Telegraph. In this piece, Roger Highfield writes about the unease about breeding cloned animals the conventional way and letting them enter the food chain. This is a very real conundrum. Most people agree they don’t want to eat meat from a cloned cow (although they are clamouring to inject themselves with embryonic stem cells from cloned human embryos) but what about the offspring of a cloned cow. The daughter cow is technically not a clone, but "half-a-clone." Does that count? Would you eat the offspring of a cloned cow?
What left me scratching my head about this piece is how Mr. Highfield finishes it:
Underlying much of the concern about a calf that is not even herself a clone is the "yuck factor". This articulates a visceral fear that these methods are unnatural, though what people mean by this is hard to say.
After all, in the Garden of Eden, the first life was reproduced by cloning. Like Dundee Paradise, we all have clones in our family tree.
Huh? I guess I just wasn’t expecting a science editor to suggest that Adam and Eve were our real ancestors and that they were clones in the same breath.
If Eve was a clone then I guess we need to revise history since it was not Alexander Graham Bell, but Satan who made the first clone fall.
More seriously though Rebecca is right is wondering about this add convergence. Sillier though is if Eve was cloned then she would be genetically identical to Adam and of course of the same gender.