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Baby Girl Born through Cloning?

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  • Joschka Fisher
    Uh, huh....! New York Times, Saturday ======================= Cloning Company Says Baby Might Not Be Tested After All By KENNETH CHANG The company that said
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 4, 2003
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      Uh, huh....!

      New York Times, Saturday
      =======================
      Cloning Company Says Baby Might Not Be Tested After
      All

      By KENNETH CHANG


      The company that said last week that it had produced
      the first human clone has backed away from a promise
      to provide genetic proof even as it said a second
      clone would be born in Europe over the weekend.

      Dr. Brigitte Boisselier, chief executive of the
      company, Clonaid, told France-2 TV on Thursday that no
      genetic tests had yet been performed and that the
      parents were having second thoughts about the tests.

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      "The parents told me that they needed 48 hours to


      decide yes or no — if they would do it," she said.

      At a news conference on Dec. 27 announcing the cloning
      claim, Dr. Boisselier said Michael A. Guillen, a
      former ABC News science editor, would arrange
      independent genetic tests of the baby, who the company
      says is a clone of her mother.

      "You can still go back to your office and treat me as
      a fraud," Dr. Boisselier said then. "You have one week
      to do that."

      One week later, Dr. Boisselier has not provided any
      evidence that the baby, nicknamed Eve, even exists,
      much less that it is a clone.

      Dr. Guillen, who has not spoken publicly since last
      week's news conference, did not respond to requests
      for interviews.

      A person close to Dr. Guillen, who spoke on the
      condition of confidentiality, confirmed that no
      samples had been taken, but said Dr. Guillen had
      completed arrangements to conduct the testing.

      "The team is in place to get the answers," the person
      said. "By early next week, Guillen will have to make
      some sort of a statement if nothing has changed."

      In the France-2 TV interview, Dr. Boisselier said the
      parents were reconsidering the DNA testing because a
      Miami lawyer petitioned a court in Broward County,
      Fla., on Tuesday, asking it to appoint a guardian for
      the baby.

      The lawyer, Bernard F. Siegel, said in an interview
      yesterday that he had acted under a Florida law that
      allows an individual to seek court protection for a
      child who has been abused, neglected or abandoned.
      "The child has potential medical defects," Mr. Siegel
      said. "This child has been the subjected to untested
      medical experiments. Where is the safety net for that?
      This child, more than any child on earth, needs a
      guardian."

      Clonaid has not said where the parents live, but the
      Florida court may have jurisdiction, in part because
      Clonaid held its news conference in Hollywood, Fla.

      Mr. Siegel said he became involved child advocacy
      cases in the 1970's, working for parents whose
      children had been kidnapped by estranged spouses. Mr.
      Siegel, who interrupted his legal career in the 1990's
      for a stint as a wrestling promoter, said he knew
      little about Clonaid before last week.

      A hearing has been scheduled for Jan. 22, Mr. Siegel
      said.

      Dr. Boisselier did not identify the European country
      in which she said the second clone would be born.

      Nadine Gary, a spokeswoman for Clonaid, said yesterday
      that Dr. Boisselier was traveling to the United States
      from Europe and was unavailable for comment. Ms. Gary
      said she could not comment on what Dr. Boisselier said
      on French television. "Really, I don't know anything
      about that," Ms. Gary said.

      But she added, "There are different press releases
      that will be coming out this weekend."

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