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Latest human cloning claims leave sour taste

April 22, 2009

It’s clone-mania again, for the second time in just a few weeks. This time, it’s fertility expert Panayiotis Zavos, founder of the private Zavos Organization in Lexington, Kentucky, claiming that he made 14 human cloned embryos and transferred 11 of them into the wombs of women.

None of the embryos survived this time (allegedly), but “the cloned child is coming”, Zavos told The Independent newspaper in the UK. “There is absolutely no way that it will not happen.”

Last month, we had the spectacle of Italian fertility expert Severino Antinori’s assertion that three clones already exist: two boys and a girl. He told Italy’s Oggi magazine that the children are now nine years old and living in eastern Europe.

But as usual, he provided no scientific proof to confirm that they were indeed clones. Nor did he submit any scientific data for publication. How on earth are we supposed to believe these claims?

Source: New Scientist.

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