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Scientists successfully clone monkeys for the first time

Scientists have adopted the technique which was used to make the first cloned mammal, Dolly the sheep, to successfully clone for the first time, primates. They have successfully cloned healthy monkeys. Humansand monkeys are all primate species.

Scientists successfully clone monkeys for the first time

The process was carried out by Muming Poo of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Shanghai. In a recently released scientific paper revealed by the Journal Cell, he and his colleagues announced that they successfully created two macaques. The female baby monkeys, about 7 and 8 weeks old, are named Zhong Zhong and Hua Hua. He successfully declared, "The barrier of cloning primate species is now overcome".

The process is still very inefficient. It took 127 eggs to get the two babies, and so far it has succeeded only by starting with a monkey fetus. Also, The procedure is still very Tedious. Apparently, the Chinese scientists removed the DNA-containing nucleus from monkey eggs and replaced it with DNA from the monkey fetus. 

These reconstituted eggs grew and divided, finally becoming an early embryo, which was then placed into female monkeys to grow to birth. Furthermore it is still illegal to clone humans in the US and almost every other country of world. But the world must take note. Science is moving. And it is moving fast.

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