Reporting Risk: Science Journalism and the Prospect of Human Cloning
A CULT’S claim to have produced the world’s first human clone was branded a ‘living nightmare’ yesterday.
The Geneva-based Raelian Movement, which believes mankind was created by aliens, said a ‘healthy’ 71b cloned baby girl was born by caesarean section to US parents on Boxing Day.
But British genetics expert Dr Patrick Dixon said if the claim was true it would prompt ‘revulsion and disgust’.
He said: ‘This baby has been born into a living nightmare with a high risk of malformations, ill-health, early death and unimaginably severe emotional pressures.
‘We must not allow this terrible future.’
Scientist Brigitte Boisselier, who heads a bio-research company set up by the Raelians, announced the alleged cloning at a Miami press conference.
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