Clonaid

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Clonaid (founded 1997, as Valiant Venture Ltd.) is a human cloning company registered in the Bahamas and based in Canada. Founded and directed by leaders of the Raëlian movement, its goals and practices are built on the group's beliefs.

Objectives

Company communications have argued that near-future cloning advances will permit the dupication of deceased persons with their experiences and memories intact.[1]

In the news

2002 human clone claims

The birth of a cloned human child, 'Eve,' was announced by CEO Brigitte Boisselier on December 27, 2002. These claims remain unsubstantiated, and journalists and other professionals in the field widely condemned it as a hoax.[2]

Shortly afterwards, the company continued by claiming another child, a clone of the deceased son of an unidentified prime minister, was born in January 2003.[1]

Hwang Woo-Suk offer

In 2006, Clonaid publicly extended an offer to South Korean researcher Hwang Woo-suk, while defending his research and claims of producing human stem cells by embryonic cloning.[3][4]

Michael Jackson cloning interest

Clonaid was briefly in the news following Michael Jackson's death in 2009, when his alleged interest in cloning himself was a subject of public gossip.[5][6]

See also

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Press Release GODSEND: THE MOVIE, CLONAID: THE REALITY, Clonaid (via Internet Archive)
  2. Clonaid's claims were a hoax, BioNews 229, 2003-10-13
  3. Clonaid to defrocked Korean clone researcher: we'll hire you! by Xeni Jardin, BoingBoing, 2006-01-17
  4. Press Release Clonaid supports Dr Hwang, Clonaid (via Internet Archive), 2006
  5. Michael Jackson 'obsessed with cloning himself', The Telegraph, 2009-07-07
  6. Press Release Commending Michael Jackson’s ‘pioneer vision of cloning,’ Clonaid reaffirms its privacy policy, Clonaid, 2009-07-08