RE: Dr Zavos `admits' he plans to clone a human

From: Harvey Newstrom (
Date: Thu Aug 09 2001 - 09:55:55 MDT

I am concerned about these early attempts to clone humans. We do not have
the technique perfected in animals yet. Dr. Zavos is going to use the same
technique that produced Dolly. The inventor of that technique says it
produced hundreds(?) of deformed failures before he got one to work. Dr.
Zavos does not have any improvement on this technique and does not seem to
have any way to prevent this large number of failures. I am not sure what
the advantage of human trials for cloning would be before the technique is
perfected in animals. Until the safety margin is improved, I'm not sure
this is viable yet.

If a deformed human gets born because of this, we will see even more support
for banning all cloning. If they abort all the deformities, then we will
see cloning linked to abortion. Either way, this will cause more
opposition. I don't see any realistic chance for any good outcomes from
this. I want cloning to be available for me, but I fear this will delay my
access to it and set back the time table many years.

Harvey Newstrom <> <>

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