Well it's happened. I'm pretty surprised no one has posted this yet!!!
Anger Over 'First Cloned Human'
Controversy is raging over reports that a woman is pregnant with the world's first cloned baby.
The claim is said to have been made by fertility specialist Dr Severino Antinori, who has been developing a cloning programme at his Rome clinic.
He made the announcement at a conference on genetic engineering in Abu Dhabi, according to a report in the Gulf News.
But his office in Rome refused to comment on the report.
The Gulf News quoted Dr Antinori as saying: "Our project is at a very advanced stage."
"One woman among thousands of infertile couples in the programme is eight weeks pregnant. We have nearly 5,000 couples in this project now."
Together with colleague Dr Panos Zavos at the Andrology Institute of America in Lexington, Kentucky, Dr Antinori had pledged to attempt to clone a a baby by the end of 2001.
Richard Nicholson, editor of the Bulletin of Medical Ethics, said he was sceptical of the claim, but said if it was true, the baby's future was grim.
Cloned human cells
"I don't believe Dr Antinori has in any way considered the welfare of the offspring," said Mr Nicholson.
"With the sort of publicity-seeking Antinori goes in for, any resulting child clone is likely to become little more than a freak show."
He added: "Given the accelerated ageing seen in cloned animals, this child is not going to have a particularly happy or normal childhood."
Professor Jack Scarisbrick, chairman of the anti-abortion charity Life, said: "If this report is true, it is outrageous."
"First of all, to be manipulating human life in this way is intolerable and all civilised countries have banned it or are banning it.
"Secondly, we know the risks of producing hideously deformed creatures and loss of life associated with cloning. It's quite irresponsible."
Cloning a baby in the UK is illegal and punishable by imprisonment.
Here's the whole article for those interested, from Sky News:
Now what I'd really like to find out it, what do the intelligent people on this board have to say about this? Is it good? Is it bad? Will it affect our ability to enjoy ice-cream?
I'm sure glad we don't vote anymore like we did before we got the truth. Now we get to complain about everything ALL the politicians do!
[SYN], UADA - Unseen Apostate Directorate, Africa