Creation Myths

Scientists Say They’ll Be Cloning a Human Being Within the Next Year. Nerve-Racking?

JOSEPH ROLON
Age 37
Resides Brooklyn
Occupation Construction worker

Are we playing God when we clone? Regardless of what color we are, we're all being used as guinea pigs. They're going to create a master race and we'll never know when they're walking around like normal human beings. All illnesses are man-made. What happened to the scientists who said they'd invented cures for AIDS and herpes? They just disappeared. The government likes to keep people sick and dependent on them.

Are you worried about eating genetically modified food? Yes, it's scary. I believe the government is experimenting on people by injecting food with things to make them ill. We all have diseases in us just waiting to manifest themselves.

Who would you most like to clone? My cousin's horse in Puerto Rico. He was just a magnificent animal.


MEREDITH LEVANDE
Age 27
Resides Manhattan
Occupation Singer-songwriter

Are we playing God when we clone? It's nerve-racking. It raises a lot of ethical issues, eugenics and genocide among them. Is animal cloning one thing and human cloning another? Who has the cannon, and who is the cannon aimed at?

Are you worried about eating genetically modified food? I should be more conscious of it. There's so much we don't know. I can say that if I was given the choice between buying a regular apple and an apple genetically altered to include fish, I'd choose the regular apple.

Who would you most like to clone? My grandmother who raised me.


TIGHE LADAVIE
Age 25
Resides Manhattan
Occupation Marketing rep

Are we playing God when we clone? No, we're supposed to do it. It's the natural progression of the human race. Eventually we'll be able to farm bodies for parts.

Are you worried about eating genetically modified food? No, I think it's great. They're making seedless watermelons. The issue of third-world farmers' dependence on corporations will change once they develop resistant seeds that reproduce. Then farmers won't have to keep buying their seeds every year.

Who would you most like to clone? Myself, but I'd keep the new version of me healthier. I'd genetically eliminate my predilection for smoking.


WALTER BLUNT
Age 39
Resides Bronx
Occupation Telephone installer

Are we playing God when we clone? Yes. We should admit that only the Creator is capable of creating human beings. We're much too imperfect to do it right. The whole thing reminds me of The Island of Dr. Moreau.

Are you worried about eating genetically modified food? Yes. If they can't experiment on you one way, they'll experiment on you another way.

Who would you most like to clone? My father. I miss the hell out of him.


GRISSETTE TORRES
Age 37
Resides Bronx
Occupation Home attendant

Are we playing God when we clone? Yes, it's horrible. I don't approve of it at all, even with animal cloning. We can already have quintuplets. That's enough.

Are you worried about eating genetically modified food? Yes, I buy organic food for the kids. The chicken and the eggs are full of chemicals, and there's very little labeling. Big business doesn't want labels because people would get nervous.

Who would you most like to clone? My two children. They get on my nerves, but they're good kids.


ASHLEY BALABANOFF
Age 22
Resides Brooklyn
Occupation Actor

Are we playing God when we clone? I'm not sure. I didn't expect it so soon. It makes me excited and curious. I think it's about the survival of the species.

Are you worried about eating genetically modified food? Genetic engineering doesn't bother me, but chemical additives do.

Who would you most like to clone? Jesus. He might live past the age of 33 this time, but I think we'd persecute him all over again.


JOE VENA
Age 23
Resides Manhattan
Occupation Actor

Are we playing God when we clone? It's both exciting and terrifying. We're so far along with this stuff anyway. I've heard that they've managed to grow an ear on the back of a mouse.

Are you worried about eating genetically modified food? No. It's happening anyway. I'm not a label reader and I think it was inevitable that modified corn, which was supposed to be limited to animal feed, made its way into human food.

Who would you most like to clone? The dodo bird. I think they became extinct when the white man came to Australia, thought the birds looked good enough to eat, and ate them all.

 
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