Vote to Clone/Not to Clone? (LINK)
"De-extinction has gone very much further, very much more rapidly than anyone ever would've imagined." - Ross MacPhee, paleontologist
The first round of press was a snicker about the listing of a Beatle tooth at auction, then an explosion with the sale of the tooth for a record-breaking amount. This second blitz of mega-publicity is NOTHING compared to the attention this story will get when the John Lennon DNA project reaches the ultimate goal of bringing back an actual genetic replica of the late Rock Legend. Many will say the creation of a living clone of John Lennon is immoral or insane, but it can be argued otherwise. JL would have prefered to have lived a full life and continue with his efforts for PEACE. If things are left to natural progression, as seen with Elvis's massive estate, JL INC will eventually fall into the hands of people who have no genetic link to the Beatle. Perhaps the time is right to look into this venture as the Beatle's will.
"The thing that I always say is, if you don't try, how would you know it's not possible?" - Insung Hwang, cloning expert
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Human cells have already been cloned and replicated for over 50 years. The story of Henrietta's Cells will shock you. It is a true story about a poor Black woman who had her cells cultured for science and they are still alive today (long after her death) in many of the labs around the world. Rich, poor,famous or unknown the issues related to genetic sciences are complex. Few will be able to make intelligent comments about these topics unless they take the time to learn more about what has already occurred behind the scenes.
"If you don't think cloning is possible, you need to read BRINGING THEM BACK TO LIFE, National Geographic April, 2013." - Dr. Michael Zuk
HUMAN CLONING may already be happening. As mentioned in the article above, while you are reading this we know at least one species in Australia is being brought back to life with advanced cloning techniques. If man drove something into extinction, doesn't it seem right to try to bring it/him/her back?
The John Lennon DNA investigation may provide the essentials needed to allow the possibility of an exact genetic clone in the not too distant future. Hank Greely, who is a leading bioethicist at Sanford, commented on bringing back extinct animals as 'really cool'...we wonder what he would say about a Beatle? Groovy?
In a recent interview Harvard synthetic biologist George Church said:
"...reading and writing DNA is now about a million times faster than seven or eight years ago. Another technology that the de-extinction of a Neanderthal would require is human cloning. We can clone all kinds of mammals, so it's very likely that we could clone a human. Why shouldn't we be able to do so?"
To follow the latest news and interviews related to the John Lennon Clone Project visit www.JohnLennonTooth.com.