Stella Dimoko Monkey Clones Created in Chinese Lab...


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Thursday, January 25, 2018

Monkey Clones Created in Chinese Lab...

Two monkeys have been cloned using the technique that produced Dolly the sheep.

Identical long-tailed macaques Zhong Zhong and Hua Hua were born several weeks ago at a laboratory in China.

Scientists say populations of monkeys that are genetically identical will be useful for research into human diseases.

But critics say the work raises ethical concerns by bringing the world closer to human cloning.

Qiang Sun of the Chinese Academy of Sciences Institute of Neuroscience said the cloned monkeys will be useful as a model for studying diseases with a genetic basis, including some cancers, metabolic and immune disorders.

Zhong Zhong was born eight weeks ago and Hua Hua six weeks ago. They are named after the Mandarin term for the Chinese nation and people.

The researchers say the monkeys are being bottle fed and are currently growing normally. They expect more macaque clones to be born over the coming months.

In the study, published in the journal Cell, scientists used DNA from foetal cells.

After the DNA was transferred to donated eggs, genetic reprogramming was used to alter genes that would otherwise have stopped the embryo developing.

Zhong Zhong and Hua Hua were the result of 79 attempts. Two other monkeys were initially cloned from a different type of cell, but failed to survive.
from BBC


  1. A step closer to human clones!

    *Ghanaman signing out *

  2. I do not know if I should applaud this. I love the success story but it scares me at the same time.

  3. Hmmmmmm.... make una continue.. una go soon clone Stella

    Mc pinky

  4. Nigerians are funny oo they are scared when Chinese clone monkeys but believe their president is a colon.


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