- The Washington Times - Monday, December 30, 2002

NEW YORK (AP) The company claiming to have created the world's first cloned human says the baby, nicknamed Eve, is coming home to the United States today.
The baby is flying into the country with her family, Brigitte Boisselier said yesterday, two days after she announced the child's birth. Miss Boisselier is chief executive of Clonaid, the cloning company affiliated with a sect that believes space aliens started life on Earth.
"The baby is going home, and once at home it is possible for an independent expert to go there, and once a sample is taken we will see," she said, referring to DNA testing needed to prove whether the child is a clone. "On Monday if a sample is taken, perhaps by the end of the week or early next week we should have all the details."
Miss Boisselier has said the child's mother is American but has offered no further details. Yesterday, neither she nor Clonaid spokeswoman Nadine Gary would say where in the United States the mother was living, where the child was born or in what U.S. city they would be arriving.
Both said details were kept secret to protect the child and her family.
Miss Boisselier's comments yesterday came two days after she announced at a Florida news conference that Clonaid scientists had produced the world's first cloned baby. She said Eve, a healthy 7-pound girl, was delivered by Caesarean section Thursday and was a genetic copy of her mother.
Miss Boisselier offered no scientific proof, provided no photographs and did not produce the child or the mother, whom she described as a 31-year-old with an infertile husband. Her announcement was met with doubt by the scientific community and revulsion by many ethicists.
To gain convincing proof that Eve is a clone, Miss Boisselier says, she had accepted an offer from a former ABC News science editor who has chosen independent analysts to draw DNA from the mother and newborn, and test them for a match.
Clonaid was founded by Claude Vorilhon, a former French journalist and leader of a sect called the Raelians. Mr. Vorilhon, who calls himself Rael, says a space alien visited him in 1973 and revealed that extraterrestrials had created all life on Earth through genetic engineering.
Miss Boisselier, who has two chemistry degrees, identifies herself as a Raelian bishop and says Clonaid retains philosophical but not economic links to the Raelians.
Miss Boisselier said yesterday that a pediatrician had seen the baby and that the child was "doing fine." She also said a second cloned baby is due to be born next week to a lesbian couple in northern Europe.
Miss Boisselier previously announced that four other couples, including the lesbians, were expected to give birth to Clonaid-created clones by early February.
The United States has no specific law against human cloning, but the Food and Drug Administration, which regulates human experiments, says its regulations forbid human cloning without prior agency permission and that it has begun an investigation into whether Clonaid illegally has performed any work on U.S. soil.

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