Regional
1:17 pm
Mon October 14, 2002

Lexington Doctor Predicts Human Cloning Next Year

Britain – A British newspaper is quoting a Lexington, KY fertility specialist who says the first cloned baby will be born sometime in 2003. However, some genetic experts are skeptical that Dr. Pavayiotis Zavos will actually succeed in cloning a human. Experts contend the 58 year old reproductive physiologist needs a method to screen some 30 thousand human genes. No such screening test currently exists.

Lexington embryologist, Dr. Michael Vernon, says Zavos doesn't have the expertise to clone a human. Vernon is calling on Zavos to reveal the names of his team of experts, and make public what kind of education and expertise they have.

In August, an American couple identified only as "Bill" and "Kathy" told CNN that Zavos would attempt to clone a child for them.