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Sunday, December 11, 2016
Life campaigners doubt existence of Raelian clones
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¬†LIFE, the pro-life charity, says it is highly sceptical about the cloning claims made by Mr Claud Vorilhon and his fellow Raelians. Peter Garrett, LIFE's Research and Education Director commented: 'We need to examine two track records in order to assess these claims. First we must look at the evidence accumulated by way of animal cloning experiments, and then we must look at Vorilhan's track record for veracity. 'There seems to be no good reason why the success rate for human cloning should be around 50% when the success rate for many animal cloning experiments has been below 1%. Dolly the sheep was produced using a supply of 400 unfertilised eggs and involved the experimental transfer of 277 somatic cell nuclei. These experiments were carried out by world-class experts with decades of experience in a narrow field, and now we are supposed to believe that the Raelians are able to produce healthy cloned human babies on demand. 'Equally revealing is Vorilhon's litany of previous untruths which include the following: ∑ that he came into being when his mother was impregnated by aliens ∑ that he was himself abducted and molested by "voluptuous robots" from a UFO which visited earth in 1973 ∑ that "cloning is a religious process, and it will give us immortality which is the genetics of the Bible" 'Vorilhon has not provided a shred of supporting scientific evidence for the incredible claims, and the balance of probability is against their veracity. 'Human cloning remains a serious threat but the Raelians may have confused December 26 with April 1. We must demand the data and refuse to be fooled. One of the reasons that human cloning remains such a serious threat is that the UK Government legalised so-called therapeutic cloning in January 2001 thereby paving the way for the accumulation of scientific data which will facilitate the Raelians and other groups in their experiments. The only way forward is to ban all forms of human cloning immediately.'
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