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Cloning hearing creates media frenzy

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3:26pm, August 14, 2001

Hourly updates on CNN. A yelling protestor. Television cameras, photographers, and reporters ambushing a researcher exiting a restroom. It wasn't the typical science meeting last week when a National Academy of Sciences (NAS) panel convened an information-gathering session in Washington, D.C., on human cloning.

Many of the scientists invited to testify detailed the low success rates they've had at cloning animals and described deformities and other physical problems experienced by the few clones that do survive to birth. Nevertheless, two groups reiterated an intent to begin cloning a person as soon as possible, although their secrecy left most details of their plans unclear.

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