[Photos] Scientists In China Successfully Clone Monkeys

Submitted by: fancylad 6 months ago in Science

Zhong Zhong and Hua Hua

Two identical long-tailed macaques -- named Zhong Zhong and Hua Hua -- were recently born in China last week. As Ben Hirschler of Reuters reports, they are the product of a ground-breaking experiment, which has, for the first time ever, successfully cloned primates using non-embryonic cells.

Researchers at the Chinese Academy of Sciences Institute of Neuroscience in Shanghai relied on a process known as somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT), which has been used to clone several mammals, including Dolly the sheep. SCNT involves removing the nucleus from the egg cell of one individual, and replacing it with the nucleus of a differentiated body cell from another individual. The reconstructed egg, which is implanted into a third individual, develops into a clone of the individual that donated the replacement nucleus.

Of course, you should know, the two monkeys will live a painful life, according to The Independant:

The team that created Zhong Zhong and Hua Hua admits there was “much failure before we found a way to successfully clone a monkey”. In fact, they tried 79 times before they got it right. Monkey after monkey was made to live in distressing conditions and then die after a few days. The PR people don’t tell us the names of those babies.

So the side question is: What year is the first human clone announced to the public? I say announced to the public because you know it's been done before at least once.
There are 9 comments:
Male 5,028
I don't know when the first human clone will be announced to the public but I would like to put in my oreder for one Keeley Hazell an don Kate Upton. 
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Male 1,122
Hey look, it's monk and warrior. 
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Male 4,193
bearbear01 Oh come on. That's completely disrespectful!

Those monkeys are far more intelligent.
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Male 1,122
DuckBoy87 I feel ashamed of myself. 
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Male 312
With all this scientific advancement, why can't a bagel shop toast a plain bagel and put some cream cheese on it without the last damn bite tasting like onion or garlic!?! Oh yeah, and there's no way this cloning thing doesn't go all Blade Runner.  
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Male 5,150
"To the Public?"  Good Question.

"Occurred?"  1997
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Male 900
kalron27 Pics or it didn't happen!
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Male 6,348
OK, im a sick bastard, but i surely would like to have seen some of the images of the freakshows that they DIDNT want to share would the public.

God only knows how those first dozen or so went.
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Male 264
Trump
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