They say it’s about a paternity case, but the genetic material to soon be collected might be secretly used to clone the long dead surrealist painter.
In a surreal turn, a judge in Madrid ordered that Salvador Dalí’s body — interred for nearly three decades — be exhumed after a 61-year-old Spanish woman claimed the renowned painter was her father.
María Pilar Abel Martínez, born in 1956 in Girona, said her mother, Antonia, had a secret affair with the mustachioed surrealist while working as a maid for a neighboring family on Spain’s northeast coast, reports the BBC.
Martínez said her mother told her several times that Dalí was her father.
On Monday the judge ruled said that because no biological remains or personal objects are around to determine paternity, DNA tests on Dalí’s bones are necessary to settle Martínez’s paternity suit.
The state-run Gala-Salvador Dalí Foundation manages the estate and said it will appeal the ruling in the coming days, reports Spanish newspaper El Mundo.
NPR’s Lauren Frayer reports from Madrid, that Martínez is “working as a tarot card reader — and claims to resemble Dalí: ‘The only thing missing is the moustache,’ she says.”
El Mundo reports that Martínez already underwent DNA tests in 2007 and 2008, using retained specimens from Dalí’s body, but she said she was never given the results. This, Martínez said, showed that the results must have been positive.
If paternity is confirmed, Martínez could be entitled to up to 25 percent of Dalí’s work and property, according to The Associated Press.
At the time of Dalí’s supposed affair with Martínez’s mother, he was married to his muse Gala, born Helena Deluvina Diakonoff, according to The Gala Dalí Foundation.
The Salvador Dalí Museum says that by 1953 Gala and Dalí were distancing themselves from one another even though by 1958 they had officially wed.
They never had children.
Dalí is perhaps the best-known artist from the 20th Century’s surrealist movement. His most celebrated painting, “The Persistance of Memory,” depicts clocks melting on a beach.
Dalí died in Figueres in 1989 at the age of 85. He is buried in a crypt there at a theater and museum he designed himself.
Martínez’s lawyer tells El Mundo that no date has been set for the exhumation, but that it could happen as soon as next month.
Is it possible to clone someone who has been dead for 30?
Scientists have created clones of a mouse that had been dead and frozen for 16 years.
It is the first time they have been able to clone a frozen animal.
The Japanese researchers say their work will benefit mankind – and could be used to bring back extinct animals such as the woolly mammoth or sabre tooth tiger.
This next blurb may not be a real story, as I could not find it anywhere other than this one website:
The British government has decided to legalise cloning dead people after lobbying from stem cell scientists. Although they only plan to create embryos for research, the new proposal ignores a key principle of contemporary clinical research, informed consent. Laboratories will be able to use stored human tissue without the explicit consent of the tissue donor. The idea behind this is that tissue from people with interesting genetic make-ups may have been stored so long ago that the owners have died or cannot be identified. Up until now, the idea of informed consent had prevented scientists from using the material. However, scientists claim that a ban on using DNA without consent could hold up vital research. An amendment to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill now passing through Parliament is expected to be passed. ~ London Times, June 1
There really was a US doctor, however, who claimed to create a cloned human embryo about 13 years ago.
2004: US fertility doctor Panos Zavos says he has created a cloned embryo using tissue from dead people.
Experts said such actions would exploit the vulnerability of grieving people who had been bereaved.
And the Royal Society also questioned “a lack of evidence” behind Dr Zavos’ claims. …
Professor Richard Gardner, chair of the UK’s Royal Society working group on stem cell research and cloning, said: “The work using human genetic material and cow eggs that Dr Zavos claims to have carried out would not be allowed under British law and is both scientifically questionable and ethically unacceptable.
There are other claims…
2002: The world’s first cloned baby was born on 26 December, claims the Bahamas-based cloning company Clonaid. But there has been no independent confirmation of the claim.
The girl, named Eve by the cloning team, was said to have been born by Caesarean section at 1155 EST. The birth at an undisclosed location went “very well”, said Brigitte Boisselier, president of Clonaid. The company was formed in 1997 by the Raelian cult, which believes people are clones of aliens.
“The baby is very healthy. She is doing fine,” Roisselier told a press conference in Hollywood, Florida, on Friday. The seven-pound baby is a clone of a 31-year-old American woman, whose partner is infertile, she said.
Proving that the baby is a clone of another person would be possible by showing that their DNA is identical. Genetic tests on the baby and “mother” will now be carried out and the results will be available “in eight or nine days”, Boisselier said.
There is still no solid evidence of fully successful human cloning, only claims and rumors of decades of secret experiments, but I assume it can be done.
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