Scientists plan human cloning clinic in the United States
- By: deborah Josefson
An international group of reproductive scientists plan to launch a human cloning clinic, which will provide cloning services to infertile couples within 18 months, according to a US infertility specialist, Dr Panayiotis Zavos.
Dr Zavos, a biologist at the University of Kentucky, is not medically qualified but holds a doctorate in reproductive physiology and is an owner and director of two US infertility clinics, the Kentucky Center for Reproductive Medicine and IVF [in vitro fertilisation], and the Andrology Institute of America.
Dr Zavos has formed a partnership with Italian reproductive specialist Dr Severino Antinori. Dr Antinori gained international media attention through pioneering techniques that allowed postmenopausal women, including a 62 year old, to give birth. The two declared their plans at a conference at the Samaritan Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky.
Their announcement echoes that of Richard Seed, a physicist who made a similar declaration in January 1998, sparking ethical and