Cloning

   This is the process of creating a genetic duplicate of an organism asexually. This is often used in science fiction where people want to be immortal or have several carbon copies of themselves so they can be in more than one place, or doing more than one thing, at a time. There are certain problems which many writers seem to conveniently overlook.
   When cloning a human, it will take eighteen years for the clone to reach adulthood, so growing a clone to get replacement parts would be useless if there are any time constraints. Also, if adults want duplicates of themselves, the clones would always be much younger than the originals. A process could be used to age the clones more quickly, but another process would have to exist to bring the aging process back to normal once the desired age is reached. The other problem is that the clone would have no knowledge or memories from the original, since it has not lived the original's life. They do share the same genes and would make similar basic choices about foods, cosmetics, clothing, etcetera, like identical twins, but nothing more than this.

The writer's dictionary of science fiction, fantasy, horror and mythology. 2014.

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