Researchers at the Chinese Academy of Sciences Institute of Neuroscience in Shanghai revolutionized the procedure to create two identical baby long-tailed macaques, Zhong Zhong and Hua Hua.
The twins – or should I say clones – were born six to eight weeks ago, using the same procedure done to create Dolly the sheep 20 years ago, somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT), a process “which involves transferring the nucleus of a cell, which includes its DNA, into an egg which has had its nucleus removed.”
“Humans are primates. So (for) the cloning of primate species, including humans, the technical barrier is now broken,” Muming Poo, a scientist who helped supervise the program, told reporters in a conference call.
Nope, sayeth I.
I’m not the only one who feels some kind of way. The scientific community is in a tizzy about it, but the scientists have reassured people they’re not going to start cloning humans.
“There is no intention to apply this method to humans,” Poo stated, further explaining, “The reason … we broke this barrier is to produce animal models that are useful for medicine, for human health.”
While this is all good and well, I watched The Island, and the 20,000 other sci-fi movies that deal with this exact scenario. It never ends well – never.
I’m already waiting for news reports 20 years from now when they find a factory manufacturing human clones for parts.