This Pokémon Was Too Controversial To Live

This Pokémon Was Too Controversial To Live
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A recent interview in Best Buy’s official @Gamer Magazine reveals that plans for a Pokémon based on the lovable creature above were scrapped after being deemed too controversial. What’s controversial about Dolly the sheep? She’s a clone.

Or she was a clone, at least. Dolly the sheep, often referred to as the world’s most famous sheep, was cloned by Ian Wilmut and Keith Campbell at the Roslin Institute near Edinburgh in Scotland back in July of 1996. She gets her name from the mammary gland cell used to create her and Dolly Parton, the country western singer known for her own impressive mammaries.

Cloning an entire animal from a single cell is a significant scientific achievement.

Dolly was the first mammal created using such a cloning process. She was developed using a process called somatic cell nuclear transfer, in which an adult cell is transferred into an unfertilised egg that’s had its nucleus removed. Electronic stimulation is applied to get the cell to begin dividing, and once a blastocyst is formed the clone embryo is implanted in a surrogate mother to be brought to term.

The end result was Dolly, a full-functional example of female sheepdom. Through the course of her brief life she gave birth to six children. She was euthanised in 2003 after suffering from lung disease and severe arthritis. Now she stands on display in the Museum of Scotland, a monument to science and ingenuity.

Doesn’t look too shabby for a dead sheep, does she?

Junichi Masuda and Ken Sugimori, Pokémon developer Game Freak’s directors of development and art, told @Gamer that a Pokémon named after Dolly was considered too controversial. This is coming from a game featuring a creature that evolved by crawling into the skull of its dead mother.

Cloning a living creature is a controversial issue. It raises questions about the nature of god, the value of life, and many other topics that scientists like to debate when they aren’t cloning the hell out of everything that moves. Still, it seems unfair to deny Dolly the honour. After all, she didn’t ask to be cloned.

Unused Pokémon design revealed in magazine interview [BulbaNews]

@Gamer Website


  • I don’t understand WHY cloning is a controversial issue – especially the cloning of a non-human organism, like a sheep. They develop just like the original and are very similar to the original. Why the fuss? A clone isn’t inherently evil or diseased – clone means clone after all, it’s very similar to the original (although due to the very nature of gene expression and mammalian development, it can’t be EXACTLY the same physiologically).

    I mean, identical twins are sort of like clones – natural clones, but clones nonetheless. What’s so freaky about artificial clones? I get why human society might not like cloning – as in, identity issues, and parental issues, and what not, but to be SCARED of clones? Why? It doesn’t matter how the development STARTS, if it has the same genes, it will develop the same way as the original.

    People who are afraid of clones just don’t understand science or biology.

    • I wouldn’t go so far as to say people who are scared of the cloning process lack an understanding in science and biology.

      Cloning is controversial in the science community precisely because of both the ethical issues and practical limitations of current day technology. In Dolly, I believe they created a sheep that’s lifespan was significantly shorter than a normal sheep because they could not get that base cell to ‘forget’ its actual age; for lack of a better term.

      Many people don’t have a problem with cloning on the small scale, as they cannot personify what is being cloned; but when things get larger and particularly mammalian, people have a harder time reconciling themselves with their religions and personal morality systems. It also brings with it fears on being able to create ‘designer babies’ – refer to Gattaca (1997).

  • Yes because cloning pokemon is something that is just way to unnatural it never happened at all in red blue or yellow!


    P.S for all the youngins out there we used to trade pokemon by a cable connecting 2 game boys, if we pulled it out at the right time and turned off one game we cloned the pokemon being traded

    the sad consequence was the death of an innocent pokemon that went to oblivion i felt guilty every time 🙁

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