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I couldn't quite make out from that article whether the offspring of the clones were expected to exhibit DNA alterations of the sort that occurred in the parents as a result of environmental stresses. Wouldn't the environmental stresses have to change the DNA, not only of the somatic cells, but also of the germ cells? The offspring doesn't care what's going on in the parent's body, only what's going on in the egg or sperm.
A grand theme of science fiction over the years has been cloning and many of the greats have worked with this theme. Back in the day, a large and raucous debate occurred on several scifi themed newsgroups about cloning, what it was, how it worked, etc. Every profession was represented from plumbers to psychiatrists in addition to some very knowledgeable geneticists. I never really took part as I was the Moderator on both newsgroups for the discussion, but I learned a lot.
I came up with my own conclusion concerning cloning. To me the clone can never be the exact copy of the donor cell, From an engineering standpoint, "tool wear" or "stamping error" would necessarily be a part of any cloning technique which would introduce differences between the donor and the clone.
Not terribly scientific I know, but that's my story and I'm sticking to it.
I had always said to myself that a genetic duplicate would not be the original once over because the life of the original would be different from the clone's life. Cloning Hitler, for example, would give you someone who looked like the Fuhrer but grew up very differently.
It had never occurred to me that the same set of genes would express differently. So the Boys from Brazil might only resemble Hitler.
In several movies about cloned humans, the clone comes out of the tank shaved and with the same haircut as the original. I think a couple of movies even had the clone come out of the tank in the same clothing.