March 5, 2024

Maverick 1: Panos Zavos

Rogue IVF doctor once again claims to have tried to clone children.
Just for the record, Dr Panos Zavos is up to his old cloning tricks again.
The Greek Cypriot-American fertility doctor has been quiet for several years
after making his spectacular claims about human reproductive cloning. He popped
up again late in April to announce that he had cloned 14 human embryos and
implanted them into the wombs of four volunteers. Alas, the women failed to
become pregnant.

"There is absolutely no doubt about it, and I may not be the one that does
it, but the cloned child is coming," he told the London Telegraph. "There
is absolutely no way it 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."

Whenever Dr Zavos reveals that he has once again come tantalisingly close to
cloning a human child, he is denounced by scientists and the media around the
world. He never offers clear evidence — and this time was no exception. As Ian
e, of the Guardian, noted, the latest escapade was "purest, spoonfed
PR". ~ London
Telegraph, Apr 22