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Quote of the Day - The cloning of humans is on most of the lists of things to worry about from Science, along with behaviour control, genetic engineering, transplanted heads, computer poetry and the unrestrained growth of plastic flowers. - Lewis Thomas
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Not My Kentucky Derby Pick

The Associated Press reported this week that Italian scientists have cloned a championship racehorse. The genetic material came from a retired championship gelding. Although the scientists said the cloned horse would not race, they did say he would be put out to stud in order to pass along his championship DNA.

I can imagine people in the horse world frantically scouring over old saddles, bridles, blankets, and victory sashes for stray hair, skin and other sources of genetic material from champions long since departed with the hopes of cloning Affirmed, Seattle Slew, or Secretariat. Could you imagine all “past” champions lined up across the starting gate? It would be a dream race. But that is the problem, it should always just be a “dream” race. If it doesn’t remain just a dream and such a race actually occurred why should we draw the line at racehorses? What would stop us from seeing a dream match-up between the 1927 Yankees and the 1902 Pittsburgh Pirates?

Please don’t misunderstand me. I realize that there may be incredible medical advances that result from cloning and encourage such research, but keep cloning away from sports whether it involves horses or humans lest I be unable to fall asleep dreaming about who would win, Jordan’s Bulls or Russell’s Celtics.

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