The year 2003 began with an extraordinary but unconfirmed claim of the creation of a human clone by Clonaid, a US company that offers gullible customers eternal life through cloning, on behalf of a religious sect called the Raelian Movement. Meanwhile, Italian fertility specialist Severino Antinori had also outraged both scientists and the media by his claims during 2002 that several clonal pregnancies were under way, again without independent verification. Even if the claims turn out to be false, there are bound to be similar ones in future. To some people the claims are mere publicity stunts, while to others they are an abuse of human rights. Either way, they illustrate the impact that genetics is now having on society.
KeywordsDouble Helix Religious Sect Genetic Enhancement Human Cloning Therapeutic Cloning
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