Clinton vs human cloning : just a reflexion

Eugene Leitl Eugene.Leitl at lrz.uni-muenchen.de
Sun Mar 16 17:06:51 EST 1997


On Sun, 16 Mar 1997, Gerard Tromp wrote:

> Timothy Sutter wrote:
> > [...]
> > Identical twins are  like diasteriomers i.e. "mirror images."
> > A clone would be achiral, meaning the clone would be truly identical.
> 
> 	Perhaps you would like to clarify as to how you view identical twins as
> diastereomers. Last time I looked 'situs inversus' was not particularly

He probably meant enantiomeres, which, applied to whole organisms do not 
make any sense either (with the possible exception of Fred Cassidy, main 
hero of R. Zelazny's "Doorways in the Sand" novel).

> more common among identical twins than among the broad population.
> (Situs inversus is the condition in which the internal organs occurr in
> a mirror image fashion, i.e. heart angled more toward right, liver on
> the left etc. That is, internal organs appear as if in mirror image.)

That one actually saved Fred's life, since he got a clean lung shot 
instead of heart one.

> 	Due to reasons of mitochondrial donors noted below, identical twins
> will be more alike than clones unless the clone nucleus and egg donor
> are the same individual. Identical twins share all genetic material,
> nuclear and mitochondrial, identically. 
> 
ciao,
'gene



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