Scientist Creates “Frankenstein Baby” Grown in a Lab-Fiction!
Summary of eRumor:
A Russian scientist has created the world’s first baby grown entirely in vitro with reprogrammed stem cells.
A fake news website is behind this hoax.
World News Daily Report published a story under the headline “Real-Life Dr. Frankenstein Creates First Entirely Lab-Grown Baby,” and many readers were duped into believing that it was real:
A group of scientists of the famous State Research Center of Virology and Biotechnology VECTOR (Государственный научный центр вирусологии и биотехнологии Вектор), based in Koltsovo, Russia, announced this morning that they had successfully given life to the first human baby grown entirely in vitro and created from reprogrammed stem cells.
After working for 2 years on a controversial project, reminiscent of that of the young doctor who created a grotesque but sentient creature through an unorthodox scientific experiment in Mary Shelley’s famous novel, Frankenstein, Dr. Ivanov and his team gave life to an artificially created young boy in their biotechnology lab, located in southern Russia.
The baby, who is simply named Adam, was “born” on June 12, in a laboratory of the research center. He weights only 400 grams and is barely seven inches (18 cm) tall, but the experts believe that his chances of survival are very good.
People who were tricked into believing that the story commented that it was “frightening” and shouldn’t have been allowed. However, they missed the disclaimer for World News Daily Report, which states the website assumes “all responsibility for the satirical nature of its articles and for the fictional nature of their content.”