9 Unexpected Outcomes Of Human CloningGeorge Dvorsky7/17/14 12:17pmFiled to: superlistsciencefuturismgeneticscloningclonesbiotechnologybioethics16815EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkHuman cloning is currently illegal in virtually all parts of the world, but that doesn't mean it will stay that way. Here are some surprising things we can expect once we're finally allowed to make genetic duplicates of ourselves. AdvertisementBack in 2005, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a Declaration on Human Cloning prohibiting all forms of human cloning "inasmuch as they are incompatible with human dignity and the protection of human life." The ruling prohibits both therapeutic cloning, in which cells are cloned from a human for use in medicine and transplants, and reproductive cloning, the practice of creating a living, breathing genetic duplicate. Though many countries disagreed with the declaration, the resulting moratorium is respected around the globe. To date, no human clone has ever been born. But back in 2008, researchers successfully created the first five mature human embryos using somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT) where the nucleus of a somatic cell was taken from a donor and transplanted into a vacant host egg cell. The embryos were only allowed to develop to the blastocyst stage, at which point they were studied and then destroyed. AdvertisementSo we know we can do it — we're just not entirely sure if it's completely safe. Nor is public opinion on board with the prospect. But that's not to say it won't ever happen. As the science improves, and as the concept gets normalized in our culture (thanks to shows like Orphan Black), people's opinions will likely change, and with it, the laws. But if human cloning ever does become legal, we can expect some weirdness. Here are nine surprising outcomes. 1. Who Clones Who?Let's say you clone yourself. Should your clone, in turn, be allowed to clone him or herself? How could you possibly say no, and what makes you think you'd even have any control over your genome at this point anyway? Here's the thing — the moment you choose to reproduce via human cloning, you're going to have to expect that it may not be the only genetic version of yourself to roam this great Earth; it's doubtful that the law would preclude your clonal offspring from reproducing in the same way you did. Likewise, a corporation could also claim ownership, particularly if they invented the technique used to clone you (better make sure to read the fine print). This is one of the underlying themes of the popular television show Orphan Black, in which a wealthy biotech firm, the Dyad Institute, claims intellectual ownership over a clonal line. Given the open and ambiguous state of patent law today, it's conceivable that certain human genomes, or parts of it, may lie outside our ownership, and subsequently, our control.