We Can Clone Monkeys Now

Humans are feasibly next

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Mon, Jan 29th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

According to Vice, researchers at the Chinese Academy of Sciences were able to clone two genetically identical long-tailed macaques using somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT), the same technique used to clone dolly the sheep 20 years ago. Albeit primates have been very impossible to clone due to "unique complexity of their cellular machinery," this success means not only the ability to study human diseases, but that human cloning is now possible.

"The technical barrier of cloning primate species, including humans, is now broken," Qiang Sun, the lead researcher on the project at the Chinese Academy of Sciences said during a press conference on Tuesday night. "In principle, it can be applied to humans. However, the reason we broke this barrier is to produce animal models that are useful for medicine and human health. There was no intention to apply this method to humans."

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