Networks Say Former Editor Tried to Sell Clone ‘Exclusive’

The New York Times, Jan. 5, 2003

Most of the world first heard of Clonaid, a company owned by a religious sect whose theology is based on alien cloning, when it announced on Dec. 27 that it had produced the first human clone.

But many news organizations were already familiar with the company’s effort: Michael A. Guillen, a former science editor at ABC News who said at the news conference that he would independently test the company’s claims, had approached several broadcasters months before to offer exclusive coverage of the cloning, according to several industry executives.

first human clone announced yesterday that a second cloned baby was born Friday night to a lesbian couple in the Netherlands. But as with its earlier claim, it provided no evidence.

Dr. Brigitte Boisselier, chief executive of the company, Clonaid, said in an interview that the baby, a girl, was born at 10 p.m. local time. She would not say where, but said that the embryo had been fertilized and implanted in the mother outside the Netherlands. The baby is a clone of the 32-year Dutch woman who gave birth, Dr. Boisselier said.

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