scientist has claimed to have successfully cloned the first human baby -
apparently born to a 31-year-old mother on Boxing Day.
scientists are highly sceptical about her claim because she is linked
to a French sect that believes life on earth was created by extra-terrestrials.
verification is said to be underway but has yet to be established.
Brigitte Boisselier is a chemist who heads Clonaid, a company set up in
1997 to create cloned humans.
says that the world's first human clone, a 7lb baby girl named Eve, born
at 11.55am on Thursday to an American mother.
would not say in which country the baby was born but said the child is
a clone of the woman who donated the DNA for the cloning process.
confirmed, that would make the child an exact genetic duplicate of her
mother. The woman is said to have been previously married and to already
have another child.
Boisellier announced the birth at a press conference, saying she wanted
to protect the mother's and child's privacy, but adding she hoped they
would talk to the press soon.
said: "The baby is very healthy. She's doing fine. We're very happy parents."
said the baby will go home in three days, and an independent expert will
take DNA samples to prove she had been cloned.
has also recruited the former science editor of America's ABC News, now
a freelance journalist, to act as an independent adjudicator of the evidence.
test results are expected within a week after the testing.
Boisellier further claimed that the baby was cloned from a skin cell, and
said four more human clones are due to be born, one to a lesbian couple
in northern Europe, one in north America and two in Asia.
said two of the four about to be born would be clones of dead children.
scientists, already sceptical of Boisellier's ability to produce a human
clone, are likely to demand to know exactly how the DNA testing was
done before they believe the announcement.
was founded in the Bahamas in 1997 by Claude Vorilhon, a former French
journalist and leader of a group called the Raelians.
and his followers claim aliens visiting him in the 1970s revealed
they had created all life on Earth through genetic engineering.
Patrick Dixon, a leading expert on the ethics of human cloning, described
the news as "totally inevitable" but warned that it would mark a
watershed when the world would suddenly realise that science is
out of control.
said: "There's a global race by maverick scientists to produce clones,
motivated by fame, money and warped and twisted beliefs.
announcement is totally inevitable and we can expect a number of
other births of clones over the next few weeks."
said that physicians across the world were propelled by "private passions
and weird emotions" with the determination to deliver a cloned baby
to any man or woman who wished to "duplicate themselves or recover
said the cloning industry, and today's announcement, was worth tens of
millions of pounds.