US Doc Boasts He Implanted 11 Human Clones

'The cloned child is coming,' says controversial physician
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 22, 2009 5:22 AM CDT

A controversial American fertility doctor is boasting that he cloned 14 human embryos and implanted 11 of them them into women, reports the Independent. None of the tranfers led to a viable pregnancy. A documentary filmmaker recorded the procedures involving four women who had hoped to become the first mothers of cloned babies. Transferring cloned embryos into a human is a crime in many countries. Physician Panayiotis Zavos carried out the procedure at a secret location, possibly in the Middle East.

Zavos, an American citizen, has clinics in Kentucky and Cyprus, where he was born. The women who participated were from Britain, the US and an unidentified Middle Eastern nation. "The cloned child is coming. There is absolutely no way that it will not happen," said Zavos in an interview. "If we intensify our efforts we can have a cloned baby within a year or two." Film of the procedures will air tonight on the Discovery Channel.
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