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- Helen Barratt, Clegg scholar,
- Trevor Jackson, assistant editor
How the world's media dealt with human cloning
Severino Antinori must be the most famous gynaecologist in the world. His plan to start human cloning by November has been universally condemned, in papers from Europe to Uruguay. The 55 year old doctor, who qualified in Rome in 1972, is not unused to making headline news. In 1994 he helped a 62 year old to conceive and go on to become the oldest woman in the world to give birth. His controversial infertility treatments have incurred the disapprobation of the international medical establishment and the wrath of the Catholic church. Ironically, Antinori's clinic is located a few hundred metres away from the Vatican.
These bare bones of a career have been rehashed in papers the world over since 7 August, when Antinori announced that he and two colleagues, Panayiotis Michael Zavos and Brigitte Boisellier, now proposed to impregnate up to 200 women with cloned embryos.
Many papers were not surprised …