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China Clones World' s First Macaques

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New reports claim China has successfully cloned the world’s first macaques, using somatic cells and the method that cloned Dolly, the sheep back in 1997.

Xinhua reports: “The two cloned macaques, named Zhong Zhong and Hua Hua, were produced at the non-human-primate research facility under the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) at the end of 2017. A third is due this month and more this year, said scientists.”

CHINA-BEIJING-CLONED MACAQUES-SUCCESS (CN)

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While other mammals have been cloned, the site claims macaques—which are more closely related to humans—have been a challenge for scientists.

CHINA-BEIJING-CLONED MACAQUES-SUCCESS (CN)

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Looks like we’re that much closer to cloning human beings. See more pictures of Zhong Zhong and Hua Hua on the flip.

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