Chinese team clones monkeys from fetal cells

Zhong Zhong
Zhong Zhong is a cloned monkey. (Chinese Academy of Sciences / Qiang Sun and Mu-ming Poo)bio

Researchers at the Chinese Academy of Sciences Institute of Neuroscience in Shanghai have produced identical primate clones using the same procedure that brought Dolly the sheep into the world more than two decades earlier.

The procedure, known as somatic cell nuclear transfer, involves removing the nucleus of an egg cell and replacing it with nuclear material from a body cell.

Chinese researchers described the experiment in a research paper published today by the journal Cell.

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