- The Washington Times - Saturday, January 4, 2003

MELBOURNE, Australia, Jan. 5 (UPI) — The Raelians claim that a second cloned baby will be born in Europe on Sunday, a Melbourne newspaper said in its Sunday edition. The Sunday Herald Sun reported on its Web site that a lesbian couple in the Netherlands are the reputed parents of the alleged cloned baby, who is expected to be a girl.

The Raelians claimed in December that the first human clone had been born, who is allegedly the clone of her mother. No evidence has been provided yet to back up this assertion.

The baby's parents, who had initially agreed to allow DNA testing, are having second thoughts, according to Brigitte Boisselier, chief executive of Clonaid, a company linked to the Raelians, a sect that believes that humans were created by space travelers.

The Sunday Herald reported that Clonaid plans to provide cloning for a fee of $355,000.

The New York Times reported Saturday that it had tried to contact Boisselier, but that a Clonaid spokeswoman, Nadine Gary, told the newspaper on Friday that Boisselier was not available for comment because she was traveling from Europe to the United States.

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