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 Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics (JARG).

The day after the press conference, after hearing from media...

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