London, Apr 22 (ANI): A fertility doctor has claimed to have cloned 14 human embryos and transferred them to four women prepared to give birth to cloned babies.
Panayiotis Zavos broke the sacred taboo of human individuality by doing the cloning act.
The cloning was recorded by an independent documentary film-maker who has testified to The Independent that the cloning had taken place.
Apparently, the breakthrough work was carried out at a secret lab-oratory, probably located in the Middle East where there is no cloning ban.
None of the embryo transfers led to a pregnancy but Zavos, a naturalised American who runs fertility clinics in Kentucky and Cyprus, where he was born, said that this was just the 'first chapter' in his serious attempts at producing a baby cloned from the skin cells of its 'parent'.
"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," Zavos said in an interview yesterday with The Independent.
"If we intensify our efforts we can have a cloned baby within a year or two, but I don't know whether we can intensify our efforts to that extent. 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," he said.
Also Zavos revealed that he has produced cloned embryos of three dead people, including a 10-year-old child called Cady, who died in a car crash. He did so after being asked by grieving relatives if he could create biological clones of their loved ones. (ANI)