This isn’t necessarily as directly related to justice as the readings this week, but it does have some interesting ethical and legal implications. Reading all about genes this week made me think back to high school, when I was reading Practical Horseman and came across this Viagen (“Multiply Success”) ad:
“Olympic equestrian Mark Watring preserved the genetic potential of Grand Prix Jumper, Sapphier, by cloning the grey Holsteiner gelding. Watring plans to stand Sapphire’s genetic twin as a stallion when he reaches breeding age, an option that would never have existed for the gelding without cloning technology”
(one of the ideas being that having a clone can increase the reproductive potential of an animal, and create reproductive potential for an active performance animal who wouldn’t otherwise be able to produce genetic offspring; see also: genes as insurance (“Making the irreplaceable…..replaceable.”))
At that point, it was mind-blowing to me that the technology was sufficient to do that regularly and commercially, and that I could (theoretically, given more money than my breeding program of one would allow) pay for it like any other service. High School Megann was also fairly convinced that if you could clone a horse, you could clone a human.
See you tomorrow!