posted on Jan, 17 2004 @ 09:49 AM
A controversial cloning expert has announced he has taken the first step towards cloning a human being, announced at a London press conference an hour
ago. US professor Panos Zavos proceeded to address a news conference in London that he has implanted a cloned embryo into a 35-year-old woman.
Dr Panos Zavos, on a visit to London, provided no evidence and would not say where or when the procedure took place.
Dr Zavos said the woman has entered early menopause and her husband cannot produce sperm so they were eligible for fertility treatment.
He said the woman produced three eggs and only one was good enough to fertilise.
The doctor also claimed the procedure had been filmed, but critics said there was no evidence to back up the claims and that even if he was telling
the truth, it would be "unethical and irresponsible".
He said there was about a 30% chance that the embryo would develop successfully and be born.
He also said he was "ready" to split a cloned human embryo into two - one to be grown into a baby, and one to be stored either to become a baby at a
later date for "therapeutic uses".
Another worrying development in the field of Human cloning.
[Edited on 18-1-2004 by SkepticOverlord]