Cloning humans????

  1. Sounds unreal, and maybe it is....but with all the technology in this field it doesn't surprise me that some idiot might actually try it and succeed. Any thoughts? Is it possible? Is it ethical?

    http://www.wral.com/health/1808270/detail.html


    Scientist Claims Clone Will Be Born In January
    Experts Repeatedly Dismiss Scientist's Claims

    POSTED: 4:49 p.m. EST November 26, 2002
    UPDATED: 6:08 p.m. EST November 26, 2002

    An Italian fertility expert said the first cloned baby will be born in January, but some say his statements don't add up.

    Severino Antinori offered no evidence of his statement at a Rome press conference Tuesday.

    According to Ireland Online, Antinori said the mother is in her 33rd week of pregnancy and the child weighs 5.5 pounds. He refused to say where the infant would be born, saying it would be only in "countries where this is permitted."


    Antinori announced in April that he knew of three pregnancies involving cloned babies. He said Tuesday that the oldest of these will be born in January.

    However, the pregnancy's gestation would have ended in mid-November, based on Antinori's statement in April. The scientist would not explain the discrepancy Tuesday.

    Antinori refused to specify if he had any role in the alleged clonings, and refused to identify the scientists involved.

    Antinori, who runs a private fertility clinic in Rome, is not a new participant in the cloning debate. Last year, he unveiled his plans to begin a human cloning program before the National Association of Sciences in Washington, D.C.

    He gained attention in the 1990s when he used donor eggs and hormones to help post-menopausal women to have children.

    Experts have repeatedly dismissed Antiniori's claims and say they doubt that he is capable of achieving a cloned pregnancy.
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  2. 28 Comments

  3. by   Q.
    UW Madison already cloned a cow, so cloning of humans doesn't surprise me.

    Yes, I think cloning of humans is unethical. But I think the technology that will come that will allow us to grow compatible organs will be a life-saver, especially when we still have a shortage of hearts and livers, and people still have misconceptions about organ donation....
  4. by   CountrifiedRN
    Didn't Pres. Bush sign a law last year that bans companies from using embryos to experiment with growing organs, or cells for transplant? I saw a story about a company in Boston that had been working on producing genetically matched replacement cells, but certain groups were lobbying against the research because of ethical issues.
  5. by   deespoohbear
    I think we are messing in an area that we have no business messing in. I truly believe cloning humans is totally unethical. Who knows what evil could be let loose with the cloning of humans? Just my .02.
  6. by   JonRN
    I wouldn't want to be cloned. I got such a big mouth, if I met myself in a bar I would get arrested for kicking my own azz. Not a pretty sight.
  7. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Hey CLONE me...so someone can get the house cleaned, lunches made, card/letter-writing done, yard work finished, dishes washed, car cleaned, pets to the vet, kids to the doctor, volunteer for the PTA, bake goodies for dh's and ds's school/work functions, pay the bills, and after all this, put in a 12 hour shift at the hospital for me!!! PUUUUHHHLEEEZEEEE!!!!!!!

    (seriously, I think human cloning unless by nature e.g. twinning, is a travesty..I would settle for a maid.).
  8. by   Lausana
    The whole idea of cloning freaks me out...just imagine your clone being born...and you raising yourself as a child??!! Sci-fi material.

    But seriously, I think it would only cause more harm than any good scientists believe it could bring. Why not put the research money towards cures or use the reproductive technology on more who are going through infertility rather than just those who can afford it themselves.

    Although I wouldn't mind having my own clone as a child so I could steal her undyed hair for my own...or at least be able to match my natural color.
  9. by   Ted
    . . . . is man's way, through technology, of developing identical twins that nature does. . . well. . . naturally. Except that the "identical" twin is 10, 20, 30, 40, 50 . . . . years younger. Kind of freaky, if you ask me.

    Don't have much of an opinion regarding human clones except that it seems like society isn't ready for it, yet. And you know what? I respect that.

    "Cheers!" from Ted

    "Cheers!" - from the cloned "Mini-Me" Ted. . .


    Yikes!

    Ted
  10. by   emily_mom
    It gives me the eebie geebies if ya ask me. Cloning cows is one thing, but humans is totally another. I sure as heck wouldn't want to see another one of me walking around. Of course, if they would clean my house and put away the two weeks of laundry....
  11. by   nursegoodguy
    I think we'd be surprised at what they can and can't do already!
    As far as cloning goes... first I have to ask, Why?
    Just because you can do it doens't necessarily mean it's a good or bad thing?

    So will they start isolating genes so we have perfect, (who's idea of perfect) perfect people who will live about 200 years?

    With all said and done though, I don't think I have a problem with cloning...
    I would love to be able to have my mother as a child of my own, to raise with more love and opportunities than she'd ever had in her first life with me as her child...

    Creating "new" life... hey let's just recycle until we get it right!

    Why am I hearing the music from the twilight zone in my head LOL...
  12. by   LasVegasRN
    Yay! Pappy and Giuseppe - where are my hair and nail samples??
  13. by   nurseman
    I think that having a clone of myself would be a great thing. Not that I ever think that a clone would do cores for me, but I could start smoking and drink more heavily and then harvest a nice virgin set of organs in about 15 years.
  14. by   Rustyhammer
    Just think....You want a day off you just send the clone to work!
    Would they have your memories too?
    Would we share the same past lives?
    Could they be a designated driver?
    -Russell

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