Key Breakthrough in Human History (see p. 16)

Damien Broderick (
Sun, 20 Jul 1997 17:44:09 +0000

In the Weekend Australian newspaper for 19/20 July, 1997 (which also
contained a story entitled - ahem - `The Spike Man Cometh', with a drawing
of my winged brain apparently escaping from the top of my photographed
head), I find a one-paragraph report on p. 16. Japanese scientists `have
delivered infant goats from an artificial womb... human babies may be born
the same way in 10 years time'.

What bliss to be alive at such a time! What astounding, crippling
stupidity in the world that this was not the lead story with screamer
headlines on the front page. (Well, maybe they're being cautious and
details are scant or dubious; fair enough. Still.)

Damien Broderick