What if … Worcester: Dateline 2047 — 2Jane starts school at Gateway Elementary

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Editor’s note: This is the second installment of our newest series What if … Worcester, what we hope to be a fascinating, imaginative and often reality-based window into the coming decades and centuries in and around the City of Seven Hills.

THURSDAY, Aug. 22, 2047 — Six-year-old 2Jane MacConnell started elementary school yesterday, marking a milestone in cloning technology.

2Jane is a clone of Jane MacConnell, who was killed eight years ago in a human-driven car accident. Jane was 10 years old and the only child of Drs. Hunter and Ella MacConnell of Worcester.

After the accident, the MacConnells worked with biotech startup CloLabs in Westborough. It was just the seventh successful (neonate living beyond 30 days) cloning procedure in the United States. The scientific and legal process was documented in the reality web series, “Jane and Jane Again.”

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Now, six years later, 2Jane is about to enter Gateway Elementary School, where her donor attended years ago. Will it be unsettling for teachers to see the same girl, physically at least, who was once their student?

“We had to have some counseling with our teachers over the summer,” said principal Veseka Sopa. “Many of them remember Jane when she was a student here, remember her as a bright, curious child. When 2Jane comes, we’ve emphasized this is the same Jane, not her sister, not a different person, but the same little girl, but with different memories.

“It’s going to take some adapting. But we’re teachers, and teachers are great at adapting.”


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