APRIL 22 2009 09:46h
Zavos work in a secret laboratory in the Middle East and has so far cloned 14 human embryos and impregnated 4 women with 11 of them.
Controversial doctor Panayiotis Zavros announced on Tuesday that he has cloned 14 human embryos and impregnated four women with 11 of them, The Independent writes.
Cloning was recorded in a documentary filmed by Peter Williams, who confirmed for the Independent that women hope to become pregnant with the first cloned embryos. The documentary was made for the Discovery Channel and will be aired today. He says he witnessed the cloning process at a secret laboratory.
Human cloning is banned in Great Britain, as well as many other countries, therefore it is assumed that Zavos works in a secret laboratory somewhere in the Middle East.
Zavoc plans to focus on cloning exclusively
Zavos is of American origin, while his patients include three married couples and a woman from Great Britain and the USA.
According to him, this is just the first step and he is planning to focus on cloning babies from the parents` skin cells exclusively.
Dolly the sheep was cloned after 277 attempts, however, animal cloning became effective after this even though many scientists still believe it is dangerous.
Girl Cods resurrected
Zavos also said he has produced cloned embryos of three dead persons, including 9-year-old girl named Cody, who died in a car accident. He did this after the grief-struck relatives asked him for his services. Cody`s blood cells were frozen and sent to doctor Zavos.
Furthermore, he has conducted research with eggs taken from cattle, which is to help him in the further process of cloning.
He said he is not panning to create a human-animal hybrid, but will use it as a model.
Otherwise, Zavos collaborates with Karl Illmeness, who is famous for his long-term work on cloning. They already have ten young couples who are supposed to be the parents of the cloned babies.
Zavos claimed in 2004 that he has inserted a cloned embryo in a woman`s womb, but he did not have evidence. He did not get the proper media coverage and blames scientists who oppose cloning for the lack of media interest. However, he has now produced several cloned embryos and fertilized women with them.
Watch the attached video: Doctor Panayiotis Zavros clones Dead Girl Cody.