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The First Human Clone?
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Well, a scientist for the Raelians claims that they've successfully cloned a human from a 30 year-old DNA donor to a 7-pound baby girl named Eve.

Apparently they're going to confirm all this with DNA tests:

The experts will begin their tests in a few days when Eve returns home, Boisselier said. Results of the tests are expected in eight to nine days.

Now, have any of you heard much about the Raelians?

Clonaid, which calls itself the "first human cloning company," was founded by the Raelians in 1997. The Raelian movement professes that life on Earth was created through genetic engineering by extraterrestrials.

The Raelians believe their spiritual leader -- former French journalist Claude Vorilhon who now calls himself Rael -- is a direct descendant of these aliens. He says he has met with aliens and visited their planet. Rael told CNN in July 2001 that the long-term goal for human cloning is to live forever.

Rael says the Raelians eventually want to learn how to clone an adult and then "transfer the brain to the clone." Boisselier said she hopes to one day open cloning clinics on each continent to help infertile couples have families.

Right. Not only does this sound like science fiction, it sounds like bad science fiction. When I was living in Japan, a pamphlet was once slid under my apartment door by the Raelians. I wish I'd kept it. It was all printed in Japanese, and it explained how the aliens visited this Claude Vorilhon guy in a pasture in France, I think. I got one of my Japanese friends to read it to me, but there were lots of neat cartoon "dramatizations" showing Claude greeting the aliens. No Polaroids unfortunately.

Here's the entry on them from the Skeptic's Dictionary. I've tried their homepage (, but it's not responding.

Anyway, I'll believe it when I see it, and in the meantime I'm going to remain highly skeptical.

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