A team of Chinese scientists has cloned animals by using the same technique that created Dolly the Sheep decades ago. These monkeys are seen as the marker of an exciting new time in science. This latest achievement created the potential for further animal studies, ones that could lead to new discoveries revolving around human diseases.
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The first primates to have been cloned were created in Shanghai, China. This is a great achievement as the same method has failed in terms of producing primates up until now.
Apparently, the monkeys’ genetic material was noted to be relatively, if not very difficult, to copy using traditional cloning techniques. This includes the ones used to clone Dolly the Sheep and other animals. Nonetheless, this same technique led to this new success.
Researchers are hoping to start developing populations of these primates. They are looking to do so to be able to generate more accurate models when it comes to research results. These could then be used in the research of human disorders. Scientists are planning to create primate brain models of diseases such as Parkinson’s disease.
Primate brains are thought to be the best possible model when it comes to studying degenerative diseases of the brain, as well as mental disorders. As such, the ability to clone these monkeys could revive targeted studies in these areas.
An International Primate Research Center that will create clones of monkeys meant to be used by scientists all around the world is in planning. Major funding for monkey cloning in Shanghai is also in planning.
However, some scientists are concerned that this technique might eventually lead to human cloning. Most reproductive biologists will not go further than cloning animals. This is due to ethical concerns, but at this point, there is no guarantee that it will not be attempted.
Since there are no legal barriers to this in many cases, it is a real concern that this could start happening in scientific communities. There are nations, such as the United States, who do not prohibit cloning at all in terms of official regulations.
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