Cloning means producing a genetically identical copy of an individual.
This is how you might be cloned. Scientists would take your DNA from a skin cell, put this into a woman's egg from which the DNA has been removed. A zap of electricity would make the egg divide and after a few days you would have an embryo genetically identical to you.
There has been a lot of talk about human cloning in the press. In fact most scientists aren't interested in producing cloned humans. What they want to do is produce cloned human cells that can be used to treat diseases.
||Here's how it might work. Suppose you had a disease that was slowly destroying parts of your brain. The current treatments only reduce the symptoms whilst the disease continues to damage your brain. Cloning offers hope of a cure.
Scientists would produce a cloned embryo using DNA from your skin cells. They would then take stem cells from this embryo, grow them into brain cells in the lab, and then transplant them into your brain.