On March 9 fertility doctors Severino Antinori and Panos Zavos
one-day event in Rome about their plan to begin cloning human
The Exploratory Initiative on the New Human Genetic Technologies
a colleague, researcher/author Peter Shanks, to the conference.
summary of his observations follows. His full report, "Cloning
Shows Their True Colors," is available from Contact
"The small group of fertility specialists who hope to
tried to boost their legitimacy with a `scientific workshop'
prestigious clinic in Rome on March 9, but only emphasized their
isolation from mainstream researchers and medical practitioners.
"Few scientists attended. Only two made themselves known
audience, which otherwise consisted of some 100 journalists
cloning advocate Dr. Richard Seed. No serious scientific discussions
"Contradictory and occasionally offensive remarks were
At one point Antinori pointedly observed that Dr. Mengele, the
torturer, was a `government doctor' and that this represented
argument against legislation or regulation.
"It is now clear that Antinori, Zavos, and their colleagues
"There is no better argument for an international ban
on human cloning."
disregarded were they not so dangerous. They are willing to
risks that no one else considers remotely acceptable, in an
to do something that most people consider obscene. Yes, they
between them created a lot of babies. Yes, they may be able
to make a
clone, which might or might not be born without significant
Certainly, they have the determination, probably the technical
expertise, and undoubtedly the complete lack of conscience required
to attempt such a thing.