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Late 2000 - Early 2001: The Raelians, Dr. Antinori, and US Congressional Action

At the end of 2000 and the beginning of 2001, US media gave prominent coverage to announcements of two separate avowedly imminent efforts to clone a child—one by a religious sect, the Raelians; the other by a private consortium of fertility researchers led by Severino Antinori and Panos Zavos. In February 2001, cover stories on human cloning appeared in Wired, Time, and The New York Times Magazine.

The tone of these and other stories on human cloning ranged from amused speculation to urgency and seriousness. In March, media coverage focused on hearings on human cloning held by the House of Representatives. Many other news articles recounted the negative reactions of governments and civil society organizations around the world.

Off-Site Links

Brian Alexander, "You Again: Someone Will Clone a Human in the Next 12 Months," Wired (Vol. 9, No. 2, February 2001)

Margaret Talbot, "Lab of the Human Clones," The New York Times Magazine (February 4, 2001)



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