TITLE

Is a baby clone on board?

AUTHOR(S)
Boyce, Nell
PUB. DATE
December 2002
SOURCE
U.S. News & World Report;12/30/2002, Vol. 133 Issue 25, p80
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Back in March of 1978, screaming headlines announced the arrival of the world's first human clone. Scientists had helped a bachelor millionaire create an heir in a land 'beyond Hawaii,' journalist David Rorvik claimed in the supposedly nonfiction account, 'In His Image.' Privacy concerns prevented Rorvik from offering proof, of course, but he swore that his tale was true, and his book became a bestseller. Scientists in a handful of labs are trying to create cloned embryos as a source of replacement cells for lifesaving treatments. While many ethicists and lawmakers condemn cloning for baby making, they praise its use in medical research. Ever since the birth of a cloned sheep, publicity seekers have vowed to clone a human being. This time, though, the clones are said to be in the womb. Controversial Italian fertility doctor Severino Antinori says at least three pregnancies are underway, with one birth due in early January in Belgrade, Yugoslavia. And Kentucky fertility doctor Panos Zavos says he will soon start implanting cloned embryos. The most visible effort, by Advanced Cell Technology, 'miserably failed,' Jaenisch says. To clone an animal or human, scientists must take DNA from an adult cell and put it into a hollowed-out egg. The egg reprograms the adult DNA, restoring its ability to yield any cell of the body. But producing a cloned embryo can take hundreds of eggs, which can be hard to come by in humans, and most cloned embryos put into a womb never develop.
ACCESSION #
8780587

 

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