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Networks Say Former Editor Tried to Sell Clone ‘Exclusive’ • Sunday January 5, 2003

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.

archived news items on this subject’, CAPTION, ‘Link Info…’, HAUTO, VAUTO, SNAPX, ’5′);” onmouseout=”return nd();”>Panos Zavos, a fertility specialist in Lexington, Ky., who is leading a competing team of cloning scientists.

In his proposal, Dr. Guillen wrote: “During the better part of the past five years, I’ve cultivated close relationships with all the major human cloning scientists worldwide. In fact, I know more about what’s going on than any of the individual players; that’s because they all confide in me.”

The Times declined the offer, saying it preferred to do its own reporting on the subject.

In August, Dr. Guillen interviewed the couple on CNN’s “Connie Chung Tonight.”

Dr. Guillen is a science journalist with a doctorate in theoretical physics, mathematics and astronomy from Cornell University. He produced reports for “Good Morning America,” “20/20″ and other ABC News programs.

Second Cloned Baby Announced

The company that claims to have created the 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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