"The Cloned Child is Coming": Doctor Claims He's On the Verge

By Rachel Cernansky | April 22, 2009 12:30 pm

ttbaby.jpgA U.S. fertility doctor has claimed that he can clone human embryos—and plant them inside the wombs of women who want cloned babies.

So far, none of his implantations have led to successful pregnancies, but Panayiotis Zavos is certain that the first cloned baby is not far off. Britain’s The Independent, a less-than-the-most-reliable source for science news, reports that Zavos can be seen here creating human embryos before injecting them into the the womb.

Zavos says he has transferred 11 of a total of 14 cloned embryos to the wombs of female patients, and that this is only the “first chapter” in his research—which he is confident will eventually produce successful results.

“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,” Zavos told The Independent. He isn’t sure whether the research can be expedited to produce a cloned baby within a year or two. But then again, rushing it would emphasize the wrong priority: “We’re not really under pressure to deliver a cloned baby to this world. What we are under pressure to do is to deliver a cloned baby that is a healthy one.”

His patients include three married couples and a single woman coming from the U.K., the U.S, and a Middle Eastern country. Zavos, a naturalized American who has fertility clinics in Kentucky and Cyprus, is said to have carried out the work in a secret lab most likely in the Middle East, where there is no cloning ban. Perhaps those bans exist for a reason?

Update: Not surprisingly, the science community has not taken Zavos’s claims at face value. Here is The Guardian‘s (skeptical) take on the situation.

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  • angela

    I though cloning was banned in the United States? Even if it’s not, it ought to be. Too creepy!

  • Christina Viering

    Here come the Invasion of the Body Snatchers.

  • Stacy

    Freaky little manbaby eraser in a test tube – if he is implanting those, they will just expand in water…
    I would like to clone myself and give birth to myself to see if I’m as loud as my mother claims I was…

  • Fran Mayes

    I heard all of these same arguments 30 years ago when the first IVF babies were announced. And it took a lot of trying before the technique was successful. Identical twins haven’t caused the world to end or the gene pool to collapse.

  • Honey Bentley

    It might sound creepy, but all things in Science and the understanding of it- is creepy. If a child of mine was lost in some manner and i had the capability to have another- then more “power” to us for trying.

  • geeta

    World needs less babies – cloned or otherwise – not more. Cloning is better off if limited to create replcament organs rather than to increase the population

  • MV

    Cloning to create replacement organs? – now that’s really creepy. How would you like to be that human whose sole purpose of existence is to replace organs for other humans?

    Where is this “cloning for cloning sake is creepy” coming from? Nature is full of clones. From human twins to self-reproducing lizards, insects, and nultitude other creatures. Idiots are creepy.

  • http://tomyknocks@gmail.com Scholarly One

    Why? It better be an intergalactic threat of human extinction because we are already good at mating for better offspring. Just look at our UFC fighters and our good looking Hollywood folks and our amazingly smart scientific types.

  • http://discover sarah

    Dr Zavos deserves credit for trying to help infertile people.
    science moves on and this is Just another form of ivf
    A gentically connected baby is surley more appealing to infertile
    people than egg donation.
    I wish Dr Zavos success.

  • http://www.deviledegg.org/ Deviled Egg

    I’m not sure why anyone would want to produce a cloned child. IMO it’s just wrong.

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