The most recent flap over an announcement by Panayiotis Zavos has resulted in a previously accepted paper by Zavos and colleagues having been pulled from publication by the editor of a journal. But Zavos insists that he has done nothing untoward.
The trouble started at a press conference on August 30 during which Zavos told reporters he'd created cloned embryos from cow oocytes and the genetic material of dead people.
Media reports cited Zavos as saying that a paper on the subject had been accepted for publication. His Web site listed a paper entitled "Development of an interspecies-specific bioassay using the bovine oocyte model to evaluate the potential of SCNT in humans," with authors K. Illmensee, I. Pfeiffer, B. Brenig, M. Levanduski, and P.M. Zavos, which was in press with the
The day after the press conference, after hearing from media outlets,
"We were advised of [unauthorized] pre-publication publicity surrounding this manuscript by one of its coauthors. We were advised that some of this pre-publication publicity allegedly misrepresented the material that the paper in our journal contained, [and] our attempts to contact the senior author for this manuscript with a request for clarification [went] unanswered for a 48-hour grace period," Gleicher told
More than a week later, Gleicher had still heard nothing, and pulled the paper.
Then, last Thursday (September 16), Illmensee wrote to Gleicher explaining that he and his secretary had both been on vacation and he had only just been able to reply, according to E-mail correspondence seen by
Zavos himself, contacted by
Jan Helfeld, an attorney representing Zavos, also told
In fact, Zavos "is in the process of submitting the post-mortem effort to a journal that already requested it," Helfeld said.
But Gleicher was steadfast. He had received the E-mails from Zavos and Illmensee, he told
Meanwhile, as of September 20, the