- (AFP) -- A baby has been born through cloning, French
scientist and member of the Raelian sect Brigitte Boisselier has told AFP.
- The baby, a girl, was born Thursday by cesarean section.
The birth "went very well," said Boisselier, president of the
human cloning society Clonaid, on the telephone.
- As the effort by the Raelians to achieve the first human
birth by cloning was carried out in secrecy, it was not immediately possible
to obtain any independent scientific confirmation that the baby was in
fact a clone.
- The baby born Thursday was the first of five the Raelians
have said were due.
- The Raelians, who claim 55,000 followers worldwide, believe
that life on Earth was established by extra-terrestrials who arrived in
flying saucers 25,000 years ago, and that humans themselves were created
- The movement's founder, Rael -- the former French journalist
Claude Vorilhon -- lives in Quebec. He describes himself as a prophet and
claims that cloning will enable humanity to attain eternal life.
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