Seriously, does anything think this is just a big hoax, publicity stunt?
The head of a group that claims to have produced a human clone has testified under oath that the baby girl is in Israel.
Brigitte Boisselier, president of Clonaid, made the disclosure during a hearing into whether Florida should appoint a guardian for the child, known as Eve.
After Boisselier's testimony, Fort Lauderdale Judge John Frusciante ruled that he had no jurisdiction and threw the case out.
Boisselier had told the hearing that two other cloned babies have been born since Eve's birth last month. She said she had only seen a videotape of Eve.
The group has offered no proof that the babies are clones or even exist. Boisselier initially promised DNA tests, but later backed out saying the parents were concerned the court was trying to take the baby away.
After throwing the case out, Judge Frusciante told Boisselier: "You cannot pursue human cloning with impunity. All of us must not overlook the weakest among us."
Clonaid claims Eve was born to American parents on Boxing Day. The other cloned babies were supposedly born to parents from Japan and the Netherlands.
Lawyer Bernard Siegel had asked the court to appoint a guardian for Eve, saying cloning is inherently abusive because of the genetic problems encountered in other mammal cloning.
Siegel argued the court could have jurisdiction because Clonaid's news conference announcing Eve's birth was held in Florida.
Story filed: 18:24 Wednesday 29th January 2003