2003N-0573 Draft Animal Cloning Risk Assessment
FDA Comment Number : EC1038
Submitter : Mr. Karl Eimers Date & Time: 01/04/2007 12:01:00
Organization : Mr. Karl Eimers
Category : Individual Consumer
Issue Areas/Comments
GENERAL
GENERAL
This seems very dangerous to me and I personaly will not buy any meat for me or my family which has been produced in such a manner!

Now, let us suppose that the cow providing the master DNA for a cloning operation carries a disease that can be transferred to humans, similar to Mad Cow, but so new that none of the standard tests detects it. That cow gets duplicated a few million times, and every copy carries this new disease. Because of the cloning, this new disease appears suddenly all over the nation, not just one or two isolated spots as would be the case with a natural disease process.

Or, since nobody will spend the money to clone a normal cow, we can assume that the animal being cloned has already been tinkered with genetically to produce some desired trait, yet carries ancillary genetic damage undetected by the current tests.Cloning allows that genetic error to gain wide penetration into the human population before it presents itself.

Anyone recall the Thalidomide catastrophe?