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The Clone Trial

W. F. Owen

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Copyright 2011 W. F. Owen

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For Caroline, Kennedy and Corey

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The main problem responsible for limiting the number of iterations of clones to two reproductions is to reduce the possibilities of anomalies and related social disruption. We at the commission are aware of the buildup of biological urges responsible for wanting to extend these limits but, if followed at the recommended age-span differences between reproductions (popularly known as “copies” or “clones”), the lifespan of the host (popularly known as “originals”) will cease before the last of the copies expire. Thus, the commission will prosecute offenders to the fullest extent of the law.

–– The Judiciary Division of the Cloning Commission, Section I, Sub-section C, 2113

Around the room was an odd assortment of officials, record keepers, journalists and witnesses. There sat two male witnesses, each looking exactly the same, albeit for their slightly different clothing. Even their fidgets and personal mannerisms were alike. Opposite them, was a pair of females, one quite old, the other estimated at about twenty-five. They looked like mother and daughter. Then, there was the murdered victim’s consensual partner.

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