Was a Human Embryo Cloned? Controversial Doctor Says He Did It!

April 22, 2009

(ChattahBox)—Controversial fertility specialist, Panayiotis Zavos told the Independent this week that he successfully cloned 14 human embryos, inserting 11 of them into four women, although none resulted in pregnancies. Illegal in many countries, Zavos claims to have carried out his groundbreaking human cloning experiments in a secret lab in a country somewhere in the Middle East, having no scientific bans on questionable research. He said he hired a documentary film maker to film the entire process to provide proof to the world of his startling claims, although the film footage was not shown to reporters.

The four women receiving the cloned embryos were from England, the U.S. and the Middle East. Zavos claims this is just the “first chapter” and he hopes to successfully produce a cloned human within two years, using skin cells from the parent. Despite his sensational claims, mainstream fertility scientists have denounced Zavos in the past, when he made similar claims without providing proof of his research.

A naturalized U.S. citizen; Zavos was born in Cyprus and operates fertility clinics in both Cyprus and in Kentucky. He has numerous science degrees from Midwest universities, but not a medical doctor degree. Zavos earned a degree in biology-chemistry, a master’s in biology-physiology, an education specialist in sciences degree from Emporia State University in Kansas and a doctorate in reproductive physiology and statistics from the University of Minnesota.

Zavos has made waves in the scientific community for years, some seeing him as a fertility “huckster” who seeks media attention for his various money-making fertility based enterprises. His various company websites with their bright flashing icons and promotional designs look like they are selling the latest cure for baldness. His Home Fertility Network website proclaims, “Being first is what it’s all about!”

Zavos owns several companies that profit from all types of fertility services, including a company that provides online mail-in semen testing, sent to Zavos’ labs for analysis, once called Semen R Us, now referred to as Online Semen Analysis at semen tests.com, where buyers can choose from a vast menu of various semen testing kits and collection devices, all at different price points. There are even semen testing kits to choose the gender of your baby.

Zavos said several years ago he would charge $50,000 to clone a human, but that he would offer his initial cloning services for free, as his clients would serve as walking advertisements.

The media will no doubt, be hearing from Panayiotis Zavos again soon, after additional secret experiements in “undislosed” Middle East locations.

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