From little seeds...

 作者:糜铷妙     |      日期:2019-03-08 05:10:03
WHILE the serious science of cloning was under way in Honolulu, elsewhere things were turning seriously weird. In January, Richard Seed, a Chicago physicist, said he would sell a cloning service to infertile couples. Most experts dismissed the possibility. But by the autumn Seed was back, announcing that his first project would be to clone himself by fusing one of his cells with a donated egg—and then implanting the embryo into his postmenopausal wife. He has since changed tack, and is now planning to clone his wife. Not to be outdone, IVF researcher Severino Antinori, who runs a fertility clinic in Rome, has announced that he is considering leaving Italy, where human cloning is banned, to develop cloning for infertile men. Meanwhile, scientists at Texas A&M University in College Station plan to clone a dog called Missy. She is the beloved pet of owners who have shelled out $2.3 million for the research. Monthly updates are available at http://www.missyplicity.com. If that sort of cash is beyond you, there’s always Clonaid, a Bahamas-based company which offers a variety of cloning services, including pet cloning, for as little as $200 000 (http://www.clonaid.com). The company, which had its first birthday in May, is the brainchild of the Raelians, a cult that believes Jesus was cloned by aliens. But be warned: