At a press conference in the State Duma last week the vice-president of the Russian Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Lev Ernst, said that Russian scientists are moving ahead with plans to clone a human being. The project, with unnamed sources of funding, will begin with cloning a pig, and move on to humans. Liberal Democratic Party leader Aleksei Mitrofanov said that U.S. and European efforts to ban human cloning were part of a conspiracy to seize control of the world’s gene pool, and suggested that leading opposition politicians would be ideal subjects for cloning. (Kommersant-daily, March 7)
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