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'Clone report unethical'

"The announcement, made without any proof, is an expression of a brutal mentality devoid of ... ethical considerations, Vatican spokesman Joaquin Navarro-Valls has said.

india Updated: Jan 10, 2003 18:04 IST

A report that Raelian scientists have created the world's first cloned human being betrays a brutal mentality devoid of ethical principles, the leadership of the Roman Catholic Church said on Saturday.

"The announcement, made without any proof, has already sparked scepticism and moral condemnation from most of the international scientific community," said Vatican spokesman Joaquin Navarro-Valls.

"But the announcement itself is already the expression of a brutal mentality, devoid of any humane or ethical considerations," he added.

The statement followed Dr Brigitte's claim made on Friday in the United States, that her group, Clonaid, has created the first clone of a human. She is a member of the the Raelian movement, which believes that human beings were originally created by extra-terrestrials and sees cloning as a route to immortality.

First Published: Dec 28, 2002 20:34 IST