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Title: scientist marvels at the advancemet in the mahabharata

User: Gouranga dasa          Date: 2007-10-03 06:45:58


Kauravas were cloned, says scientist


HYDERABAD: The science of cloning and test-tube baby was known to

Indians of Mahabharata age (3000 BC), according to a scientist who told a

conference on stem cell research here on Saturday that the Kauravas "were

products of a technology that modern science has not even developed yet".

The epic Mahabharata describes Gandhari as a mother of 100 sons

who were called Kauravas, the eldest of them being Dhuryodhana.

"No woman can give birth to 100 children in her lifetime, that too

all males and of the same age," B G Matapurkar, a surgeon with the Maulana

Azad Medical College in New Delhi told the conference organised by the

southern chapter of the All India Biotech Association.

Matapurkar, who holds a US patent on organ regeneration technique

that he developed 10 years ago, said that he was thrilled when he stumbled on

a verse in Mahabharata under the chapter Adiparva that actually describes

how the Kauravas were created from a single embryo from Gandhari.

He said that according to the description in Mahabharata, the

Kauravas were created by splitting the single embryo into 100 parts and growing

each part in a separate kund or container.

"In other words," Matapurkar said, "they not only knew about

test-tube babies and embryo spliting but also had the technology to grow human

foetuses outside the body of a woman-someting that is not known to modern

science," he aded.