Crab-eating macaque has been cloned. Photo M. Prince via Wikimedia Commons
Chinese scientists clone monkeys

In China, two monkeys are born that are exact copies of the monkey from which an embryonic fibroblast had been taken to create them. This is the first time that researchers succeeded in cloning non-human primates, by improving techniques used to clone sheep Dolly in 1996. Cloned monkeys may be used for studies of human disease, like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. This scientific breakthrough also raises ethical questions, as the techniques used to clone monkeys can in theory be extended to humans.

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