NETI AND DITTO

TWO CUTE NEW CLONES ARE TOO CLOSE FOR COMFORT

It was bad enough when Scottish researchers cloned a sheep named Dolly and commentators started writing about virgin births and Frankenstein. But then one week later, researchers at the Oregon Regional Primate Research Center let it be known that they had cloned a pair of rhesus monkeys, named Neti (for nuclear embryo transfer infant) and Ditto, that squinted in the glare of the TV lights and clung to each other for dear life.

It was two clones too many--or, more to the point, clones too close to human for comfort. Politicians--with one eye on re-election and another on the polls (a...

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