WHP Logo

The White Horse Press

Environmental Values

Contents of Volume 6

Other volumes of EV

Environmental Values

Dolly: a New Form of Transgenic Breedwealth

Sarah Franklin

Environmental Values 6(1997): 427-437. doi: 10.3197/096327197776678997

Public debate in Britain surrounding the cloning of Dolly the sheep has primarily focused on the legitimacy of cloning humans, not sheep. This bracketing of the human question relies on a distinction between humans and animals belied by the very constitution of transgenic animals who are made with human DNA, such as Polly. Moreover, the ways in which human beings think about, manipulate and classify animals have distinct cultural consequences, for example in relation to cultural understandings of life, property, kinship and other forms of social interconnection. This article introduces the term 'breedwealth' to examine Dolly as a unique form of property in order to make some of these connections more visible.


KEYWORDS: cloning, transgenic animals, sheep, culture, property



Reprints of this article can be ordered from the British Library Document Supply Service or ingenta

Contact the publishers for subscriptions and back numbers of Environmental Values.

THE WHITE HORSE PRESS
The Old Vicarage, Winwick
Cambridgeshire, PE28 5PN, UK
Tel: +44 1832 293222