Three Women Pregnant With Cloned Babies

Robert Harley
Wed, 24 Apr 2002 20:49:05 +0200 (CEST)


ROME (Reuters) - An Italian fertility specialist who has said he
intends to create the world's first human clone told a television show
on Wednesday three women were pregnant.

Earlier this month a Middle East newspaper whipped up a storm of
controversy by quoting Severino Antinori as saying that a woman in his
program was pregnant, but did not provide details making it clear
whether it was the result of cloning.

The Italian doctor has refused to confirm or deny the story, but told
Italy state television on Wednesday that three cloned pregnancies
existed in the world at the moment.

"There are three pregnancies," Antinori said in response to the
question of how many cloned pregnancies existed.

He said two of the three pregnancies were developing in Russia and one
in an "Islamic state" and that they were six to nine weeks along.

Antinori denied he was directly involved in any of the pregnancies and
did not explain, confirm or deny the quotes attributed to him in the
April 3 report by the United Arab Emirates English-language newspaper
Gulf News.