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Occasional Satire
April 1, 1998

An Open Letter to Dr Seed

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Edited by Roxanne K. Young, Associate Editor.

JAMA. 1998;279(13):977. doi:10.1001/jama.279.13.977

Dear Dr Seed:

I enthusiastically volunteer to be among the first of my species to be multiply cloned. The idea is fantastic, wonderful, and very immortal! However, we should enter into a contract, containing the following clauses:

First: The birth date and hour of birth of the first half-dozen clones—of me—must be timed, astrologically, for the best possible results. I was born on a rotten day and would not wish to have my six clones live under that lousy star.