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Zhong Zhong & Hua Hua - the first cloned macaque monkeys

le 25-01-2018 à 10:20 #

Zhong Zhong and Hua Hua are the first macaque monkeys (Macaca fascicularis) cloned by somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT), the same technique used to create Dolly the sheep. While other mammals have been previously cloned using this method, Zhong Zhong & Hua Hua are the first primate clones made by SCNT. Bai Chunli, president of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS): "The cloning of such non-human primates will offer a good animal model for the study of human diseases and health. It's a scientific research of pioneering significance made by Chinese scientists". Zhong Zhong is about eight weeks old, ten days older than Hua Hua. Both are in stable conditions, according to the CAS.

Video: China Central Television
Cloning of Macaque Monkeys by Somatic Cell Nuclear Transfer
Zhen Liu, Yijun Cai, Yan Wang, Yanhong Nie, Chenchen Zhang, Yuting Xu, Xiaotong Zhang, Yong Lu, Zhanyang Wang, Muming Poo, Qiang Sun
Cell, DOI:10.1016/j.cell.2018.01.020