A CONTROVERSIAL cloning scientist is to announce he has created "human-cow" embryos that lived for about a fortnight and theoretically could have been implanted into a woman's womb.
"We are not trying to create monsters," he said, claiming his aim was to perfect his cloning techniques without the ethical problems involved in the use of human egg cells.
If the human pregnancy proceeds and goes to term, the baby will be a girl, he adds.
"We've created the first human embryo for reproductive purposes," says Zavos, director of the Andrology Institute of America and associate director of the Kentucky Center for Reproductive Medicine and IVF.
Zavos says that the frozen human embryo should have been implanted in July, but the surrogate mother developed complications which meant that the attempt had to be postponed. But it's still "on the agenda this year", he says