2003N-0573 Draft Animal Cloning Risk Assessment
FDA Comment Number : EC1009
Submitter : Mr. Andrea Mariotti Date & Time: 01/04/2007 12:01:01
Organization : Mr. Andrea Mariotti
Category : Individual Consumer
Issue Areas/Comments
To whom it might concern:
all family and friends I have spoken to on this topic seem to be in agreement that cloning animals for consumption is not a good idea and should not be pursued. I hold both and undergraduate and a graduate degree in Engineering and though biology is not my specialty, I have educated myself on this topic. The fact that offspring of cloned animal are born with diseases or deformed should be a clear indication that the cloning process does NOT make an identical copy of the original animal and something is lost. Further, genetic selection by picking the best specimens has been done for hundreds of year with good results so there is really no need for the government to endorse a new and controversial mean to achieve the same. Further, artificial insemination is already available to farmers to take full advantage of good specimens. For all of the above I kindly ask you to reconsider the current position and NOT allow the consumption of cloned anything or to the very list to require labels to indicate the origin of the food.
Andrea Mariotti