AFP, Jan. 28, 2003
CLONAID – the US company which claims to have created the world’s first human clones – has put video clips of its clandestine lab on its website.
The film lasts four-and-a-half minutes, but the images prove nothing, a US expert said today.
Clonaid, which is linked the the Raelians – a sect that believes in aliens – has so far failed to provide any evidence to back up its claims of creating three cloned babies.
In the new film, the company’s president, French chemist Brigitte Boisselier, handles equipment and comments on what she describes as steps in the human cloning procedure. The location of the lab is not specified.
William Muir, professor of genetics at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, said: “She has the two essential basics: a micromanipulator attached to a binocular dissecting microscope, and a square wave pulse generator (embryonic cell fusion machine).
“It shows they have the basic equipment, but it’s like showing a picture of a race car and starting it up; it does not mean they know how to drive it.
“It is inconclusive.”
Raelians believe humans were cloned from aliens who landed on Earth 25,000 years ago. Clonaid, based in Las Vegas, Nevada, was founded in 1997 by the group, which claims 55,000 followers worldwide.
The movement’s French founder, Claude Vorilhon, describes himself as a prophet and claims cloning will enable humanity to attain immortality by allowing humans to “download” their consciousness into successive bodies.