Scientists and fertility experts withdrew from a conference
when they learned that it was being organized by Severino Antinori,
the Italian fertility doctor who has garnered headlines with
his announced plan to clone human children.
The original sponsor of the conference, the Association of
Private Assisted Reproductive Technology Clinics and Laboratories
(known as APART), suspended Dr. Antinori's membership in the
organization and cut its ties with the meeting.
Among those who decided not to attend the conference were Ian
Wilmut, one of the scientists involved in cloning the sheep
known as Dolly, and Dr. Anne McLaren, a member of the UK Human
Fertilisation and Embryology Authority. Wilmut told BBC News
Online, "I accepted the invite in order to explain why
human reproductive cloning would be dangerous. APART have now
withdrawn and so have I."