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#1    Mentalcase

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Posted 18 February 2002 - 12:05 PM

I just found this at Yahoo news.....

Cult Head Predicts Human Clone in Two Years
Fri Feb 15, 6:10 AM ET

LONDON (Reuters) - The Canadian leader of a cult which believes in UFOs predicted on Thursday a human clone would be born within two years, despite the best efforts of the U.S. government to block such Frankenstein-style activities.

 
Fifty five-year-old former sports reporter Claud Vorilhon, now known as cult chief Rael, has said a program by the human cloning company he founded was back on track to clone a person after pressure from the U.S. government stopped a first attempt last year.

Rael said the company, Clonaid, was still in the process of recreating a terminally-ill man at a secret location despite abandoning its U.S. laboratory in the wake of a March warning from the United States Food and Drug Administration (news - web sites) that it would not allow experiments on cloning humans.

"The process is going well," Rael told journalists. "A baby will be born 12 to 24 months from now."

Scientists have cloned a number of animals, including Dolly the sheep, the world's first cloned mammal, and more recently a pet cat from Texas called "Cc".

But ethical reservations have so far kept the reality of human cloning out of mainstream science and last year the United States .

The emergence of medical complications with Dolly, who has developed premature arthritis, has also cast doubt over the safety of dabbling in what is normally seen as the sole preserve of God or Mother Nature.

Dressed in white and with his hair swept up in a small knot, Rael said fears of the human cloning producing "a monster" or "Frankenstein" were unfounded because faulty cells would be discarded in the Clonaid process.

"My mission is to prepare human beings for future technology," said the Raelian leader, a self-confessed lover of the Internet and video games who was in London to promote his new book.

"Life expectancy is now 90 years, at the beginning of the century is was 40 years...once we have applied this technology human beings will soon live at 700 years," he said.   :st


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Posted 18 February 2002 - 08:06 PM

What a frightening concept.
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Posted 18 February 2002 - 08:39 PM

Well, it would be nice to live 700 years, but are they thinking about all the diseases that come with age? You can always "fix" old people but they are still very old.. The mind ages, but the body doesn't, that must go wrong..

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Posted 18 February 2002 - 08:47 PM

:(

Sad, but I can remember my granny in her mid 80's saying shortly before her heart gave out that she still felt 18.  She was a wee minx!  

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Posted 19 February 2002 - 12:30 AM

I could understand if this was a perfect world, but who would want to live anywhere near 700 years in this world?

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Posted 19 February 2002 - 08:59 PM

I really don't understand all the hubbub  :sk about cloning. How would cloning a person's body extend that person's lifetime. Have they leaned to transplant consciousness or soul yet?  :sj

Do people really believe that a cloned body is just an empty shell waiting for enhabitance?   That's absurd!

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Posted 19 February 2002 - 11:35 PM

you've hit the nail on the head Dalia, you may *eventually* be able to record somebodies memories and experiences and transplant that into a clone of that person, but although they may act the same and remember the same things, they are still two different people. The only way clones can extend life is by providing bits for transplants, but along that road you'll only live as long as your brain does...  

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Posted 19 February 2002 - 11:42 PM

Oh, and how ever imperfect the world is, i would love to live till i'm 700 as long as 600 of those aren't as a senile, bedridden, near-corpse. If youth too could be extended then i would jump at the chance. It may well happen some day but i fear i will be a millenia dead before it does (there go my dreams of immortality... back to plan 'A' - being immortal by being remembered for having the most purplely hair ever. Now that i should be able to manage!)

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Posted 20 February 2002 - 07:11 AM

PURPLE,

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Posted 22 February 2002 - 10:26 PM

i suppose, but freezing yourself is one hell of a bet...
will mankind ever get the technology, if they do why would they wanna unfreeze me anyway and what if i'm amoung the first to be thawed and thet mess it up...
nope immortality please! Now, where do i sign?

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Posted 23 March 2002 - 03:48 AM

Still waiting for the imortality contract to sign  ;D

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Posted 05 April 2002 - 08:42 PM

They have done it  :s3

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Posted 05 April 2002 - 08:56 PM

             One scientist said it was risky because of the possibility of birth defects.  I thought that was one of the reasons for cloning.  :s9

           

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Posted 05 April 2002 - 09:28 PM

This question has just been asked on another topic just today, but find it valid on this topic as well. If the baby is confirmed to have been cloned, does the cloned baby have a soul?

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Posted 05 April 2002 - 09:44 PM

            These threads are so intertwined,  I forget which one I'm on!!   :D
             I believe,  like Felisha says about twins,  that each body is an individual person,  even if they look exactly like someone else - I personally don't think I could handle looking at someone who looks like me,  where I did not have any involvement in their creation!  Can't they clone someone without their knowledge?  ???

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