It’s been more than 20 years since a team of scientists managed to clone the famous Dolly the Sheep. Now, we have an impressive start of the year, directly connected to this past achievement. Briefly put, Chinese scientists announced they succeeded in cloning monkeys.
Cloning Monkeys – How Did They Do It?
For a long time, researchers thought cloning primates is more difficult than the same process done with sheep, horses, or other mammals. That is the reason why there were plenty of people who thought it extremely difficult, if not impossible, until recently.
On Wednesday, a team of scientists in China declared that they managed to clone monkeys. It’s a first for scientists in the entire world, considering that nobody had been able to clone a non-human primate until now.
The monkeys they used were born to surrogate mothers by C-section at a distance of ten days. All this happened in a lab in Shanghai. The scientists managed to clone them by using tissue cells.
Basically, the technique that brought us Zhong Zhong and Hua Hua (the names of the two monkeys) is the same as the one used to create Dolly the Sheep.
Naturally, the first question people ask when they hear about the cloning monkeys success is: will they do it with humans, too?
According to the information provided by the team, they did this experiment only to understand human medical issues better. However, they have no intention to use these techniques to clone humans, as Mu-ming Poo declared. He is the director of the Institute of Neuroscience at the Chinese Academy of Sciences Center for Excellence in Brain Science and Intelligence Technology.
Cloning monkeys is not a far-away goal anymore, as the latest study reveals. As it is, the two macaque monkey clones, as well as any resulting others, will likely be used to understand human brain patterns and mental problems better.
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