by Arjun Walia, Collective Evolution:
- The Facts:CE founder Joe Martino and I recently sat down and discussed the reality of human cloning and where we are at today with regards to the technology and rumours.
- Reflect On:Is it part of our natural development to be able to extend life, to clone, and to advance biomedicine in various ways? Is this unethical? Or is it the place where human beings operate from that determines if something like this is right or wrong?
Are human clones real? We dove into this topic on for a recent episode of The Collective Evolution Show and interestingly enough, we found that claims of human cloning are quite real, and there are multiple individuals who claim to have successfully cloned human beings, including one Canadian company called Clonaid.
For those who aren’t familiar, cloning animals has already been done and repeated in labs.(source) Experts are also looking at cloning to regenerate new organs that could replace faulty ones. Multiple universities intend to produce cloned human embryos in order to derive stem cells for medical research on diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, and other illnesses.
Probably the most famous of cloning cases involves ‘Dolly the sheep.’ She made headlines when she became the first (that we heard about) mammal to be cloned from an adult cell. (source) Prior to Dolly, several clones had been produced in the lab including frogs, mice, and even cows. All of them had been cloned from the DNA from embryos. Scientists also recently cloned monkeys for the first time. So is it really that hard to believe that it’s been done on humans?
Shortly after Dolly was cloned, the United Nations General Assembly gathered to create a declaration on human cloning, where member states were called on to adopt all measures necessary to prohibit all forms of human cloning. 84 countries were in favour of the ban, 34 were against it, and 37 member states chose not to vote at all. (source) It raises a number of philosophical questions for sure, but how fitting was it for the UN to pose these sanctions during this time?
A Canadian Company Cloning?
Amidst all of this, there is a company located in Canada that still seems to be in existence today called Clonaid. Interestingly enough, the company is tightly tied with a group called the Raëlians. The Raëlians, founded by Claude Vorilhon, a former French auto racing journalist, believe that an advanced race of extraterrestrials called Elohim created life on earth. You can see where the cloning inspiration may have come from.
Clonaid actually made news headlines all over the world when they announced they’d received a large donation to fund the cloning of a human child. Dr. Brigitte Boisselier, Ph.D. (scientific director of Clonaid) and a former chemist from Air Liquide were in charge of the operation, and for years the company was under regulatory suspicion and bombarded by media coverage.
In 2001, she announced that a baby had been born, but following multiple lawsuits and controversy, no evidence of the human clone was provided and mainstream media insinuated that the entire debacle had been a hoax.
Joe and I recently discussed human cloning, Clonaid, and much more in a recent episode of ‘The Collective Evolution Show’ on CETV. You can listen to the podcast episode here. Or you can sign up to CETV to watch the full episode and much more.
Below is a clip from the episode discussing Clonaid in a bit more detail.
It’s interesting to contemplate these types of ‘advancements’ in human technology. Obviously, it brings up a number of philosophical questions that Joe and I went deeper into on the episode, but at the end of the day, it’s great to see human advancement and discovery.