The morning after death
The Clonaid group founded by Rael calls itself the first human cloning company. The leader of the Raelian Movement wants to "wake up after death in a brand new body just like after a good night sleep!"india Updated: Sep 10, 2003 09:50 IST
The Clonaid group calls itself the first human cloning company. It was founded in February 1997 by Raël who is the leader of the Raelian Movement, an international religious organisation.
The order believes that life on Earth was created scientifically through DNA and genetic engineering by a human extraterrestrial race whose name, Elohim, is found in the Hebrew Bible. It maintains that Elohim was mistranslated by the word "God". The Raelian Movement also claims that Jesus was resurrected through an advanced cloning technique performed by the Elohim.
Raëlhanded over the Clonaid project one year ago to Dr Brigitte Boisselier, a Raelian Bishop, who is now the group’s managing director. Before that, Dr Brigitte had taught biochemistry at Hamilton College in New York.
(In early 2001 Bosselier told a US Congressional Committee that Clonaid would delay actual cloning until legal issues had been settled. In August 2001, after the US House of Representatives banned human cloning, Clonaid announced its hopes to have the first cloned human baby by the end of the year.)
Some of the services that the Clonaid group claims to offer include:
Creating personal stem cells and
cloning ‘dear departed companion animals’, and
Preserving the DNA of living people for future cloning.
Clonaidexpects to have more than a million customers worldwide interested in its services as well as in partnerships with it in its many ventures.
On the goals of its company, Rael says, "Cloning will enable mankind to reach eternal life. The next step, like the Elohim did with their 25,000 years of scientific advance, will be to directly clone an adult person without having to go through the growth process... We ultimately want to wake up after death in a brand new body just like after a good night sleep!"
(Collated from The Raelian Movement website)
First Published: Dec 27, 2002 12:53 IST