A fertility doctor claims to have transferred cloned human embryos into the wombs of four women in an attempt to create the world’s first cloned baby
While the transfers have not led to a viable pregnancy American doctor Panayiotis Zavos said he had successfully transferred 11 out of 14 cloned embryos.
Dr Zavos said this was a serious attempt at producing a cloned baby, and added: ‘There is absolutely no way that it will not happen. 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.’
The work was thought to have been carried out in a laboratory in the Middle East, as it is illegal in many countries, including Britain, to transfer cloned embryos into the human womb.
The three married women and a single women who took part in the bid to give birth to a cloned baby came from Britain, the United States and a country in the Middle East.
Dr Zavos also claimed that in January 2004 he successfully implanted a cloned embryo into a 35-year-old woman although a month later the woman had not become pregnant and the procedure had not worked.