To see Zhong Zhong and Hua Hua crawl over a giant Hello Kitty stuffed animal and fall over each other, you’d think they were just normal macaques — and indeed, what’s special about them isn’t immediately visible. They’re clones created in China using the same technique that over 20 years ago gave the world Dolly, the first mammal cloned from an adult sheep. Their existence proves that animals as complex as monkeys can be cloned, too.

The two macaques were born less than 10 weeks ago, and they’re healthy, at least for now. The researchers hope that their technique, described today in the journal Cell, will be used in the future to create herds of genetically identical macaques for medical research. Whether that will happen, though,…

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Source:: Theverge – Science

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