WOMAN IMPLANTED WITH HUMAN CLONE; 30 per Cent Chance of Becoming Pregnant

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Byline: MERCURY REPORTER

A STORM of anger erupted last night after a scientist claimed that the world's first cloned baby could soon be born.

Politicians, doctors, religious and pressure groups united to attack controversial American Dr Panos Zavos.

He stunned a London press conference by announcing that he had implanted a freshly-cloned embryo into a woman.

He refused to identify the infertile 35year-old or say where the procedure -which is illegal in the UK -took place.

Buthe said that there wasa 30 per cent chance that shewouldbecome pregnant.

Experts immediately attacked the reproductive specialist, accusing him of exploiting infertile couples' desperation for children and challenging him to present proof of his claim.

'We feel that Dr Zavos has exposed this woman to near-suicidal risk for his own financial and egotistical motives,' said Patrick Cusworth, of the pressure group Life.

Health Secretary John Reid added: 'This Government shares the widespread public repugnance that human cloning could be attempted and views this as a gross misuse of genetic science.

'There will be no cloned babies in the UK while I am Secretary of State for Health.'

Dr Zavos dropped the well-planned bombshell at the end of a press conference to discuss a separate cloning issue. …