Cloning In AncientIndia Image Credit: Rishimukh
Cloning In AncientIndia Image Credit: Rishimukh

Cloning In Ancient India

In the Mahabharata, there is an interesting, but an unbelievable incident about the birth of one hundred sons and a daughter to the wife of the blind king Dhrithrashtra.

When Queen Gandhari heard of the birth of a son to Queen Kunthi, she caused the fetus from her womb to be removed and stored in a hundred and one containers, which later developed into fully blossomed human beings.

Maharishi Vyasa has given details of such a happening, more than seven thousand years ago.

While many Indians have great faith in the integrity and wisdom of the great sage, who wrote Mahabharata and called it “Ithihaasa” (it so happened), they are greatly embarrassed by the above narration. How can one lady give birth to a hundred sons and a daughter and that too, through one Husband?

Many others also ridiculed this great epic and pushed it away from the realms of history to the realms of mythology, due to such descriptions.

However, in the present times, it is a matter of relief and rejoicing to know that with the advancement of biotechnology, such births through cloning are quite possible. Modern scientists have produced babies from portions of embryo in the animal species.

Efforts are on the way to produce cloned human beings although there is fierce controversy about the ethics and morality of such programs and the fears of mass abuse and uncertain lineage.

Perhaps this same fear of mass-abuse and of doubtful morality has dissuaded our ancient masters from releasing this knowledge to the public. Now, we know that Queen Gandhari’s hundred sons is a fact and not fiction.

To that extent, the

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