Panel Discussion on Human Cloning and Biotechnology

On December 12th, 1998, a distinguished panel debated human cloning at the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine Conference in Las Vegas Nevada. Participants included Dr. Ronald Klatz, President of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine; Dr. Vernon Howard, Co-Director of the Graduate School of Education and Philosophy at Harvard University; Dr. Richard Seed, proponent of human cloning; Dr. Tom Allen; and Fred Chamberlain, President of ALCOR Life Extension Foundation. 

The American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine Conference in Las Vegas Nevada.
Standing, left to right, Dr. Klatz, unknown, Dr. Howard. 
Sitting, left to right, Dr. Richard Seed, Dr. Tom Allen, and Fred Chamberlain. 

More than 3,000 physicians and scientists attended the 6th International Congress on Anti-Aging & Bio-Medical Technologies at the Alexis Park Hotel in Las Vegas Dec. 11-13, 1998. 

About 100 presenters participated in 50 sessions throughout the weekend. Talks ranged from hormone treatment protecting against cancer, new theories on the origins of breast and prostate cancer, the effect of nutrition on brain function, along with cloning and rejuvenation. 

The most popular gathering place was anywhere exhibits were being shown or demonstrated. Exhibitors were selling and explaining holistic products, books, many different herbs and fruit juices, tapes of soothing music, “relieve the pain” gadgets, fountain of youth powders, massage equipment, many types of natural food products, etc. The audience was interested in everything being displayed. 

The medical ethics panel was of interest to us because one of the speakers was Richard Seed, Ph.D. of the Human Clone Clinic in Riverside, Illinois. Other panelists included Fred Chamberlain, President/CEO, ALCOR Life Extension Foundation; Vernon Howard, Ph.D., Co-Director, Harvard School of Education; and Ronald Klatz, D.O., M.D., Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine, Oklahoma State University and President, American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine. 

Dr. Klatz began by saying ageism is the last form of discrimination now facing our society. “We’re at the dawn,” he said, “of deciding our health and believing that at the age of 95, we can feel like we’re 55. There’s no reason we can’t become an ageless society.” 

Dr. Seed began his comments by saying he was disappointed there were only100 people attending this panel discussion considering it was the most important topic of the convention. He went into detail about retrieving unfertile female eggs, removing the DNA from them, injecting the egg with protein and inserting the eggs back into the uterus after five days. Dr. Seed said human cloning is an achievable technology. However, the money needed is beyond normal costs (billions) and efforts must be made to get the government to redirect expenditures into the research of human cloning. He believes one billion dollars a year over the next 20 year is needed to truly achieve what needs to be done with cloning research. 

Dr. Seed said he believes the process of reprogramming DNA can be achieved in humans within 3 years. 

Throughout the weekend and at the panel sessions, many participants discussed the nontraditional means of treating disease and healing the body. The focus was on discovering new ways to stimulate the body’s natural ability to heal itself and prevent disease. 

Dr. Klatz, in talking to the media, said “we don’t have immortality yet, but we don’t accept that we have to accept aging.” 

– this report is made by the Human Cloning Foundation.

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