Human cloning taking place in Middle East
Kuala Lumpur News.Net
Friday 8th May, 2009
An undisclosed country in the Middle East is hosting a human cloning laboratory.
A leading scientist in cloning has told a weekly Dubai-based magazine he has estabished a lab for human cloning.
Dr Panayiotis Zavos, the Cypriot scientist who is trying to clone a human baby for the first time, told Arabian Business the lack of anti-cloning laws in some Middle Eastern countries made the region attractive for cloning research.
Asked if he had a laboratory for cloning in the region, Zavos said: “The answer to that is yes.” He refused to disclose the exact location.
“My next efforts will be taking place in the Middle East because it is a lot easier an environment to work in. The Middle East is where I have to go as an opportunist, as someone who wants to do something. You go into the environment which is conducive to you doing something,” he said.
Dr Zavos added the Middle East’s patriarchal culture coupled with high infertility rates could prove to make it a lucrative region for future cloning.
According to Arabian Business in 2005, the UN General Assembly approved a non-binding declaration banning all forms of human cloning, which was backed by all the GCC countries, except for Oman, which abstained.
Dr Zavos claimed in 2004 to have successfully cloned the first human embryo for reproductive purposes, however there is no evidence to support his claim. Last month he said he had created a human and cow hybrid embryo for study purposes, using the skin cells of Cady, a dead ten year old American child.
In an interview with The Independent newspaper eralier this year Dr Zavos said he was not looking to create a human super race.
"We are not interested in cloning the Michael Jordans and the Michael Jacksons of this world," he insisted. "The rich and the famous don't participate in this."