China: Scientists present identical monkey clones in biological milestone

The Chinese Academy of Sciences presented their progress and findings after successfully producing the first primate clones made by somatic cell nuclear transfer in Huairou, northern Beijing, on Wednesday. Two long-tailed macaques were born recently in Shanghai using the same method which produced Dolly the Sheep, the first mammal to be born using such a procedure in 1996. Researchers named... Еще the new-borns Zhong Zhong and Hua Hua, born eight and six weeks ago respectively, after the Chinese adjective 'Zhonghua' which means Chinese nation or people. The technical milestone, presented on January 24 in the journal Cell, makes it a realistic possibility for labs to conduct research with customisable populations of genetically uniform monkeys. «If their parentage is different, then their genetic background is not identical. So when you do these biological experiments, the outcomes also wouldn't be the same,» explained Bai Chunli, the President of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. __________________________ Related News Story: China: Ground-breaking primate clones unveiled in scientific first

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