Thursday, March 5, 2009

Attack of the (Hidden) Clones

Italian gynecologist Severino Antinori loves making babies. And not in the way you think. (Well, he probably loves that, too.) He helped impregnate a 63-year-old woman using in vitro fertilization, and he recently announced his intention to impregnate another woman using genetic material from her husband, who's in an irreversible coma. Now, he says he also impregnated three women with human clones, and that those clones are living healthy, happy lives in anonymous seclusion. Why the anonymity? Antinori says it's to protect the privacy of his patients, but it might also have something to do with the fact that human cloning is illegal in Italy. Also, it makes it very easy for him to make this claim without providing a shred of evidence. And it's this lack of evidence that has skeptics saying nay. Many others (including the Raelian UFO cult) have claimed to successfully clone humans before, and none of them can offer any proof. On a related note, I have successfully cloned eighteen children--two boys and sixteen girls. I can't tell you where they are, but I can give you a one-word hint. "Homeschool". More details here.

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