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April 15, 2004 5:00 PM   Subscribe

Godsend Institute offers up this explanation of their cloning procedures. Since Dolly, several scientists have cloned other animals, including cows and mice. Now, at Godsend, we have pioneered a technique that allows a cell nucleus from a recently deceased child to be implanted within a human egg, allowing a mother to carry that child to term again.
posted by sciatica (33 comments total)

 
Here is one of their testimonials:

Our son’s name was Michael and when he died he was five years old. I was heartbroken of course, but my wife was absolutely devastated. She had been told that she was unable to have children and when Michael was born, she had taken it as a sign from God. When he died, my wife’s faith died with him. Then we heard about Dr. Wells and Godsend. It’s been three years since he gave Michael back to us and all I can say is that if there is a God, his name is Dr. Richard Wells.

First of all, is this strictly legal? Secondly, should you name your second child after your first deceased child?
posted by sciatica at 5:02 PM on April 15, 2004


holy fucking shit. this is a promo for a MOVIE.

W. T. F.
posted by taumeson at 5:05 PM on April 15, 2004


Moviefilter.
posted by Gyan at 5:08 PM on April 15, 2004


Did someone miss the viral marketing memo?
posted by LittleMissCranky at 5:09 PM on April 15, 2004


Somewhere in the world, a marketer is laughing hysterically.
posted by aramaic at 5:11 PM on April 15, 2004


the phone number is real. calling it after hours gives you an after hours message. should be interesting tomorrow.
posted by taumeson at 5:13 PM on April 15, 2004


He'll never survive the Ice Age anyway!
posted by homunculus at 5:14 PM on April 15, 2004


Figures.

Sorry, folks. I am not on any of the viral marketing lists.
posted by sciatica at 5:17 PM on April 15, 2004


wow. they went pretty far with that.
posted by lotsofno at 6:34 PM on April 15, 2004


I saw the preview for this movie during tonight's syndicated Simpsons. It looks absolutely wretched. I'm grinning big time watching Greg Kinnear's talentless ass tailspin into oblivion.
posted by Ufez Jones at 6:48 PM on April 15, 2004


Somewhat like the Dog Island.
posted by Gyan at 6:48 PM on April 15, 2004


the terrorists marketers have indeed already won.
posted by shoepal at 6:49 PM on April 15, 2004


Holy shit -- Dog Island isn't real? I've sent four dogs there so far.
posted by LittleMissCranky at 7:07 PM on April 15, 2004


Holy shit -- Dog Island isn't real? I've sent four dogs there so far.

Yes, and they were delicious. Especially the Pomeranian/Weimereiner mix.
posted by Ufez Jones at 7:36 PM on April 15, 2004


SKIPPY!!! NOOOOO!
posted by LittleMissCranky at 8:00 PM on April 15, 2004


"should you name your second child after your first deceased child?"

ask Richard D James.
posted by Tryptophan-5ht at 12:00 AM on April 16, 2004


Somewhat like the Dog Island.

In that its an elaborate hoax, or in that its a viral ad? This is the first I've seen of Dog Island, and I'd be thrilled to see Dog Island the movie.
posted by rafter at 12:05 AM on April 16, 2004


had to be a movie... since their idea of cloning is so, well, how do I say this, unscientific. Twins aren't the same people, neither woud a clone be. Michael II is just another human that looks a lot like Michael 1.
posted by dabitch at 12:41 AM on April 16, 2004


The Godsend site is registered to Lion's Gate Entertainment, at the same street address in L.A.
posted by planetkyoto at 12:48 AM on April 16, 2004


It sounds like quite an awful movie that will no doubt confuse the public about cloning even further. If you don't mind spoilers, there's a review and short synopsis on IMDB showing exactly how dire it is.
posted by adrianhon at 1:35 AM on April 16, 2004


Ah, the kid's name is "Adam." How... predictable.
posted by rocketpup at 1:44 AM on April 16, 2004


"should you name your second child after your first deceased child?"

I am planning to name all my children after Yvonne Goolagong, whether the previous ones are dead or not.
posted by biffa at 2:04 AM on April 16, 2004


Could someone read adrianhon's linked review and tell me just how dire it is?
posted by Gyan at 2:30 AM on April 16, 2004


the child grows up fine until he's eight, the age when his clone-donator-bro died, and then he gets horrific nightmares. Unlike dolly the sheep who died at the age of six, the age her clone-mother was when the sample was taken. By the way, did y'all know that pet-cloning has gone commercial? $50 000 per "copy cat".
posted by dabitch at 5:04 AM on April 16, 2004


Did you know that since the birth of Dolly the sheep, cloning technology has become over 450 times more efficient and stable? That's equivalent to the technological leap from the abacus to the supercomputer...

Movie or no movie, I think this comparison to the abacus/supercomputer thing is just not true. I'm not sure how you would measure the improvement in efficiency and stability, but however you do it, isn't a supercomputer bound to beat the abacus by a higher factor than 450?

Then again, I guess the abacus is less likely to crash...

p.s. I wonder if Adam's last name is "Duncan" as a reference to that oft-cloned Arrakian hero, Duncan Idaho.
posted by bingo at 6:38 AM on April 16, 2004


Did the photo of the doctor (Robert de Niro) not give it away? I mean, he's talented and all, but there are limits to what he'll do for a role. Not many, but a few limits.
posted by GhostintheMachine at 6:58 AM on April 16, 2004


Ghostinthemachine, that pic is really small, so I didn't make the connection. In the future, I am just going to do what Planetkyoto did and always check the WHOIS before I post.

As an added insult, on the links page I now notice they say:

the media and the general public simply do not know enough about this emerging science to realize a hoax when they see one.

with the word hoax linked to their movie site.

As a member of the general public, I am not happy to have been made a rube by their site. I won't be seeing their film.
posted by sciatica at 8:25 AM on April 16, 2004


The book [spoilers] was better.
posted by wobh at 9:11 AM on April 16, 2004


ask Richard D James.

And look how he turned out!
posted by Darke at 9:52 AM on April 16, 2004


This reminds me (on a MUCH smaller scale) of the complex A.I. game that was played online before that film came out. Not that this appears to be a game. But still.
posted by amro at 2:08 PM on April 16, 2004


It also reminds of adverts I saw for the terrible looking film, Laws of Attraction. It's a picture of Julianne Moore, who plays a lawyer in the film, advertising her divorce services. (Sorry no linky, I saw in print and it does not appear to be reproduced on the official site).
posted by haqspan at 2:19 PM on April 19, 2004


I didn't clue in from looking at the site alone, though I did think "can't believe people think cloning will replace someone" and thought it very strange that the "doctor" was photographed standing in a graveyard.
posted by orange swan at 1:39 PM on April 20, 2004


Now this was a viral marketing campaign for a movie!
posted by Zurishaddai at 1:46 PM on April 20, 2004


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