Despite strenuous objections from religious leaders and many people of faith from around the world, the Wyoming Institute of Technology plans on pushing forward with its controversial attempts to clone the reputed “Son of God”, Jesus Christ of Nazareth.
The genesis of the project started in 2012 when scientists at W.I.T. we’re contracted by the Vatican to aid in developing methods to preserve some of the churches most holy and potentially delicate relics. In the course of cataloging the relics scientists from W.I.T. became highly interested in the reputed “Lance of Longinus”: the spear used to pierce Jesus’ side by a Roman centurion as he hung crucified upon the cross. Small samples taken from the remnants of decorative tassels surrounding the head of the spear and wood from its haft were initially meant to aid in better understanding the precise preservation techniques needed. But an intrepid and curious researcher at W.I.T.’S applied sciences laboratory took it upon himself to attempt to extract and sequence DNA from the samples. Thanks to remarkable advances in genetic sequencing made over the last several years he was successful in isolating and extracting the DNA of what may very well be Jesus of Nazareth.
This DNA is unmistakably human, but does posses several small differences that have never before been seen. Several genes are present in the DNA extracted from the spear that do not exist in any other human, and their function is completely unknown. Scientists at W.I.T. feel that it is necessary to make a human clone utilizing this DNA so that observational data can be gathered regarding these new genetic markers.
Unfortunately the cloning of humans is currently prohibited by most nations of the world including the United States of America. But W.I.T. is excited to note that an agreement was made last December with the Democratic People’s Republic of North Korea to host this potentially ground breaking project. An initial test batch of five embryonic clones has been created and are currently developing in host mothers. If they remain viable birth should occur no later than April of 2015.
The superstition surrounding this project has led to many threats of violence against researchers and workers at W.I.T’s facilities over the last three months. W.I.T. remains committed to morally guided, ethical based research- no matter what the cost. We will continue to function with the highest regard for human life and push for the advancement of science and the species. This project is a glowing example of the possible potential of the White House’s 2013 science advancement funding initiative. Without Federal grants and funding this project, and many others like it, would be impossible to do.