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

From: Mike Lorrey (
Date: Fri Aug 10 2001 - 06:48:31 MDT

"Michael M. Butler" wrote:
> Mike Lorrey wrote:
> >
> > My main question about making cloning illegal is that this would seem to
> > make the use of fertility drugs illegal, since their use is linked to an
> > increased incidence of multiple births, i.e. clones produced by
> > 'unnatural' means since they depended on the drugs to come about.
> Fair enough. In reply to that concern:
> I'm under the impression that the approved fertility drugs
> cause multiple eggs to be released per estrus cycle.
> If so, such 'tuplets are _not_ clones, as identical twins are said to be;
> they're _fraternal_. Different egg and sperm for each one, old fashioned
> genetic lottery each time.

Ah, I was under the impression, from a former girlfriend who has been
involved in fertility work, that while most are fraternal, there is, in
fact, a measurable increase in identical tuplets as well, versus natural

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