Human Exceptionalism

Three Babies Born From Cloning?

I don’t believe a word of it. The notorious Italian fertility doctor claims that nine years ago he was able to bring three cloned babies to birth. From the story:

A controversial Italian doctor known for his work allowing post-menopausal women to have children has claimed in an interview to have cloned three babies who are now living in eastern Europe. “I helped give birth to three children with the human cloning technique,” Severino Antinori, a prominent gynaecologist, told Oggi weekly in an interview to appear Wednesday. “It involved two boys and a girl who are nine years old today. They were born healthy and they are in excellent health now.” He did not provide proof of his claims, but said cells from the three fathers, who were sterile, allowed the cloning to be carried out. The women’s egg cells were impregnated in a laboratory through a method called “nuclear transfer,” he said.

So let me get this straight: Scientists all over the world have not been able to create cloned embryos and maintain them past the first few days of development. But nine years ago Antinori not only cloned successfully, but also implanted the resulting embryos for gestation and to birth, and moreover, unlike many animals, they have no health problems–and publicity hound that he is he kept quiet about it all these years?

Remember the Raelian’s making fools of the media years ago when the group claimed the same thing? It was nonsense then, and this is nonsense now.