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The word clone was coined during the 1800s with a different spelling, though its current meaning was conceptualized in the 1960s. We will examine the meaning of the word clone, where it came from and some examples of its use in sentences.

A clone is an identical copy of something. A clone is produced asexually and is genetically identical to the original organism. The word clone may be used as a noun or a verb, related words are clones, cloned, cloning. The word clone originated in the 1800s as the word clon, a botany term describing the cultivation of plants from a cutting. It was derived from the Greek word klon which means a twig. The term clone to mean an asexually created human being was invented by J.B.S. Haldane in a speech entitled Biological Possibilities for the Human Species of the Next Ten Thousand Years, delivered in 1963.


Sooam in South Korea – which claims to have created more than 1,000 clones since 2006 – prefers skin tissue if the pet is alive or skin and muscle if the pet has died. (The Guardian)

Already permitted to grow cannabis clones on property just west of the railroad tracks on Shasta Dam Boulevard, Golden State Herb Inc. seeks a use permit to distribute its product to other marijuana-licensed businesses in Shasta Lake and elsewhere. (The Redding Record Searchlight)

From the Mammoth tusk hunters barely surviving from sales of tusks to elite Chinese buyers to genetic researchers wanting to use DNA for clone research and possibly bring back the majestic extinct species. (Forbes Magazine)

He does, however, agree with Prof. Marcos Simoes-Costa, molecular biology and genetics, that there are ethical concerns about human cloning which need to be thoroughly debated. (The Cornell Daily Sun)


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