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Congratulation to the birth of Zhong Zhong and Hua Hua — The first monkey clones

  • Qian-Chen Yong
  • January 25, 2018
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One of the biggest scientific breakthrough yet in year 2018: the technique that produced Dolly the sheep more than two decades ago was successfully used to clone monkeys. This is the first successful cloning of nonhuman primates since the birth of Dolly the sheep in year 1996. One interesting point to note is that, it still appears to be impossible to clone monkeys from adult cells. Zhong Zhong and Hua Hua were created using fetal tissues. All in all, it is still very, very inefficient to clone monkeys. Anyway, it’s still a major breakthrough, and let’s hope that this is a study without involvement of any major scientific misconduct. More stories can be easily searched online.


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