Cloning


Thalassas Partasah and Gilou. Gilou is Partasah's variant parth.

Cloning has been an option for the last two thousand years. While humans had been toying with the idea, it wasn't feasible until the Aquaans brought their sciences and perfected it. In most places, cloning is perfectly legal and accepted, and clones are seen as no different than anyone born in the usual way. Families exist that are nothing but long lines of clones.

There was a brief time when cloning was used as an illegal attempt at immortality, until it was discovered that while minds could be copied, they couldn't be transferred ( no one has yet managed a successful brain transplant or the more metaphysical mind transfer. ) No matter how exact the clone, a clone is a new individual.

Memories can be cloned if the brain is duplicated perfectly. It is a wholesale process - the creator can't pick and choose which memories will be copied. It is extremely difficult and thus rare to attempt.

Connected to the previous, creating adult clones is also rare, since an adult clone must be a memory-duplicate. If memory isn't duplicated, the clone is a newborn baby mind in an adult body. The aging process can be sped up in vitro, creating an adult clone in a matter of months.

Most clones are incubated in biotech wombs at a natural pace and decanted at nine months as ordinary newborns. It's easiest and least expensive that way.

A created person with mixed DNA ( such as in the case of a child made for a couple who couldn't otherwise conceive, created from a mix of their DNA ) is not a clone.

Variations
Partial Cloning: Cloning only part of a person, such as for organ transplant.

Parth: A parth ( from 'parthenogenic' ) is a cloned zygote that was gestated in a surrogate parent.

Variant Clone: A clone whose DNA was altered, but only with the DNA of the original. For example, if the original had brown eyes with a recessive gene for blue, the clone could have the recessive doubled and end up with blue eyes. While someone with XY chromosomes could have the X doubled to make an XX clone, someone with XX chromosomes cannot have an XY clone - the Y chromosome must be donated or created artificially.

Vat Baby: Slang for anyone who was decanted from a biotech womb rather than born. The term is not considered insulting, just a bit silly.

Legal Issues
Most legalities fall on the person who ordered the creation of a clone rather than the doctor who created the clone.

A clone is considered the responsibility of whoever purchased his creation, with the same rights as a born-child.

The purchaser of a clone may not attempt to force the clone's development to recreate the original. As such, requests to clone a dead child or significant other are treated with extreme suspicion. A clone is considered his own person with a right to live his own life.

An original may sue a purchaser if a clone was created from him without his permission. If the original is dead, his estate may sue if a clone was created from him without their permission. However, a clone cannot sue his purchaser for the act of creating him any more than a child can sue his parents for giving birth to him.

Religious Issues
Any parties concerned about whether or not clones have souls sorted it out long ago. The general consensus is that if born-people have souls, then clones gain them at the equivalent time in their development, whatever that time may be. There are a few variations, either involving petitioning the gods to grant him a soul, or being decanted without a soul but developing one as he gains life experience.