After watching Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones on DVD, I found myself wondering about the movie's premise--that a mysterious alien race cloned a Polynesian fullback forty zillion times and created a huge intergalactic football league. The details are sketchy as I had O.D'd on popcorn at that point and was no longer coherent, but it got me thinking about why we haven't heard much lately from the scientific community on the matter.
The debate over cloning began in earnest during the 1980's. Specifically, it had to do with
Magnum, P.I. Though scientists didn't actually succeed in cloning Tom Selleck, it appears that they did succeed in cloning his moustache, which began appearing on college students, football players, and aspiring game show hosts nationwide.
Not much has been said about cloning since Dolly the Sheep and a few rogue "clone your dead dog" services that have popped up here and there.
There's a reason you haven't heard more about it. Cloning technology has long since fallen into the wrong hands. Shadowy terrorist groups have already harnessed the ability to use cloning to disrupt our communications and create fear and confusion. An army of clones has been surreptitiously deployed throughout the country. While it's true that the terrorists have used Mortimer Snerd's DNA, this in no way diminishes the threat. In fact, they want it that way.
Yes. Be afraid. Be very afraid. They've infiltrated the customer service departments at the telecom and utility companies. The fiends have calculated that we'll all be gibbering idiots by the end of the year. Yup, yup, yaw.