Controversial Italian gynaecologist Severino Antinori said a woman carrying a cloned human embryo should give birth in early January.

He told journalists the woman’s pregnancy was in its 33rd week, and the male foetus, which weighs 2.7kg, is healthy and has “more than a 90 percent chance” of being born.

The gynaecologist also confirmed that two other woman are pregnant with cloned embryos — one them in the 28th week and the other in the 27th.