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Are humans next? Chinese scientist break key barrier by cloning monkeys

Breakthrough brings the feasibility of cloning to the doorstep of our own species

Ben Hirschler | Reuters  |  London 

Chinese scientists have cloned monkeys using the same technique that produced Dolly the sheep two decades ago, breaking a technical barrier that could open the door to copying humans. Zhong Zhong and Hua Hua, two identical long-tailed macaques, were born eight and six weeks ago, making them the first primates — the order of mammals that includes monkeys, apes and humans — to be cloned from a non-embryonic cell. It was achieved through a process called somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT), which involves transferring the nucleus of a cell, which includes its DNA, into ...

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First Published: Fri, January 26 2018. 01:05 IST
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