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Group Claims Creation of First Human Clone
HOLLYWOOD (Reuters) - A scientist associated with a group that believes extraterrestrials created mankind claimed Friday that her company had produced the first clone of a human being.
The company, Clonaid, announced at a news conference Friday in Hollywood, north of Miami, that it had cloned a baby girl who appeared to have been born healthy.
"I'm very, very pleased to announce that the first baby clone is born," chemist Brigitte Boisselier said. "She was born yesterday at 11:55 a.m."
Boisselier, who heads Clonaid, which is linked to a sect called the Raelians, would not give more details about the location or identity of the baby."
"She is fine," Boisselier said. "We call her Eve between us."
The Raelians, who claim 55,000 followers around the world, believe life on Earth was sparked by extraterrestrials who arrived 25,000 years ago and created humans through cloning. Founded by Claude Vorihon, who describes himself as a prophet and calls himself Rael, the group believes cloning could extend human life for hundreds of years.
Clonaid is viewed skeptically by most scientists, who doubt the group's technical ability to clone a human being. Boisselier said independent experts will confirm the baby is a clone through DNA testing.
Cattle, mice, sheep and other animals have been cloned with mixed success. Some animals have displayed defects later in life. Scientists fear the same could happen with cloned humans.
Clonaid has been racing the Italian fertility doctor Severino Antinori to produce the first cloned baby. Antinori said last month he expected one of his patients to give birth to a cloned baby in January.
President Bush has asked Congress to ban the creation of cloned babies as well as the cloning of human embryos for medical research. The US House of Representatives passed a ban, but a similar bill in the Senate stalled after scientists argued such a law would hinder medical advances.
A Clonaid spokeswoman, Nadine Gary, said the baby had been born outside the United States, but she declined to say exactly where.
Non-profit and public interest groups have lined up on both sides of the controversy. Early Friday morning, anticipating the announcement from Clonaid, a Chicago-based organization called the Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity said it condemned the Clonaid effort.
"Regardless of the accuracy of the claim, the fact that renegade scientists are apparently continuing to work to clone human beings despite the proven dangers of mammalian cloning shows that the United States and the rest of the world need to pass a complete ban on this dangerous and unethical procedure as soon as possible," said C. Ben Mitchell, a senior fellow at the center.
Dec 27, '02
I have been hearing on the news stations that this scientist (who is heading up this cloning group project in Hollywood Fl.)claims several years ago to have had contact with aliens(space aliens). Apparently she met them in a cave inside of a volcano.... She also claims that she was told during this "meeting" with the aliens that all life form here on earth was started by them (the aliens)....I'm going to be skeptical of her cloning achievements at this point.....this whole thing sounds crazy...
New day......I got some of this info wrong in this post...apparently the scientist, Boisseleir, was not the one who visited space aliens..it was the leader of the cult she belongs to, Vorilhon. He visited the aliens in 1973 in a the crater of a volcano in France. He said the extraterrestrials claimed to have geneticaly engineered life form on earth.....jeeze that makes so much more sense.....Yeeaaahhh right
Last edit by jacolaur on Dec 28, '02