Wednesday, April 22, 2009
A controversial fertility doctor named Panayiotis Zavos claimed yesterday to have cloned 14 human embryos and transferred 11 of them into the wombs of four women prepared to give birth to cloned babies.
“There is absolutely no doubt about it, and I may not be the one that does it, but the cloned child is coming. There is absolutely no way that it will not happen,” Dr Zavos said in an interview yesterday with The Independent.
The cloning was recorded by an independent documentary filmmaker who has testified to The Independent that the cloning had taken place and the women were genuinely hoping to become pregnant with the first cloned embryos specifically created for the purposes of human reproduction.
If true, Panayiotis Zavos has broken the ultimate taboo of transferring cloned embryos into the human womb — a procedure that is a criminal offense in Britain and illegal in many other countries. He carried out the work at a secret laboratory, probably located in the Middle East where there is no cloning ban.