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Let My Family Live! Portrait of Randolfe Wicker, the First Human
©2001 Hunter O'Reilly, Ph.D.
|Randolfe H. Wicker is the world's first human cloning activist. These are actual
photographs of Mr. Wicker integrated with images from the microscopic world. In this
artwork, Randolfe Wicker is shown at different stages in his life representing him
and his potential human clone descendants, all very similar but each unique. A human
clone may have the same DNA genome as another, but would be an individual with a
unique personality and soul.
In the upper left of each section featuring Mr. Wicker are images of chromosomes. A chromosome is a grouping of coiled strands of DNA, containing many genes. Behind the image of Mr. Wicker as a grandfather are images of eyes. Behind the father and on the father's coat is an image of a chicken embryo. Behind the son is an image of plant cells.
Mr. Wicker is the CEO of the Human Cloning Foundation and frequently speaks about the positive aspects of human cloning. Several media organizations have interviewed him including Time magazine, ABC and 60 minutes.
Dr. Prakash Hande at the Center for Radiological Research at Columbia University generously provided the images of stained chromosomes. The images of eyes were generously provided by the National Eye Institute at the National Institutes of Health. The image of a chicken embryo was generously provided by Biotechniques: The Journal of Laboratory Technology for Bioresearch, Eaton Publishing and Drs. Atkins, Wang and Burke at the University of Victoria, BC, Canada. The image of plant cells was generously provided by Biotechniques: The Journal of Laboratory Technology for Bioresearch, Eaton Publishing and Drs. William Russin and Steven Paddock at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Copyright © 2001 Hunter O'Reilly, Ph.D.