DELHI, India – In 1997 a article the New York Times stated that headless human cloning for organ harvesting would occur within ten years. Scientists now claim to be close to that goal. Speaking at the Conquest Over Mortality conference of the International College of Surgeons, P.B. Desai, an oncologist and former director of the Mumbai-based Tata Memorial Centre said it is just a matter of time until human organ farms are available for researchers and doctors. He pointed to research done in mice in which the genes that control development of the head are removed. Desai said, “the body would [still] have the capacity to keep the organs functional for use as transplants.” Desai claimed that “The ultimate aim of science and medicine is towards immortality” and said that headless clones were preferable to embryonic stem cell treatments: “Embryonic stem cells, which holds promise of cure of any organ, is but a slow move towards immortality,”