Michael Guillen, the science journalist selected by Clonaid to verify the recent births of two human clones, says, “This morning, I suspended the independent review process designed to determine whether or not a cloned human baby has been born. The team of scientists has had no access to the alleged family and, therefore, cannot verify firsthand the claim that a human baby has been cloned. In other words, it’s still entirely possible Clonaid’s announcement is part of an elaborate hoax intended to bring publicity to the Raelian movement.”
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A clone is not an exact replica of the person or animal being cloned, but more like an identical twin one or two generations removed. “Even in identical twins, where the DNA is identical, they are different people because of the influence of environment,” says Janet Rowley, professor of medicine at the University of Chicago.

Nature or nurture?how much input genes and the environment have on our makeup?is a scientific debate that’s not yet settled. “Hitler was the way he was not just because of genes,” says philosopher Bonnie Steinbock. “If you tried to clone Hitler, you might instead get the personality of Thomas Jefferson.” Human clones will finally answer this question.
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Dr. Brigitte Boisselier of Clonaid has announced the world’s first cloned baby and Dr. Michael A. Guillen, former science editor at ABC News, says it’s his job “to put her claim to the test.” Guillen has a doctorate in theoretical physics, mathematics and astronomy from Cornell and once taught physics to undergraduates at Harvard. He’s regularly appeared on network news shows. And he’s one of the rare scientists and reporters who doesn’t automatically debunk reports about subjects such as astrology, remote viewing, remote healing and ESP. Philip Beuth, who hired Guillen for ABC 1988, says, “He won’t pull any punches, nor can he be bought, nor can he be compromised.”
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Italian fertility specialist Severino Antinori says three women are currently pregnant with clones. “There are three pregnancies,” Antinori says. Two of them are in Russia and one in an “Islamic state,” according to Antinori. He says that they are six to nine weeks along. Antinori achieved fame a few years ago by helping a 62-year-old woman become pregnant with a donated egg.
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