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Report: Scientists clone 2 monkeys from embryos

monkey.clone March 2, 1997
Web posted at: 11:37 a.m. EST (1637 GMT)

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Less than a week after Scottish scientists announced they had successfully cloned an adult sheep, a team of U.S. scientists said they have produced two monkeys from cloned embryos, a newspaper reported Sunday.

Cloning animals from embryos is not new -- the Scottish research team has cloned sheep from embryos before -- but this would be the first time the technique had been used successfully in primates.

In an interview with the Washington Post, the Oregon genetic researchers said they have no plans to try cloning from adult monkeys, an experiment that would carry the research a step closer to the cloning of humans, something many find abhorrent and morally wrong.

The genetic research on monkeys headed by Don Wolf, a senior scientist at the Oregon Regional Primate Research Center and director of the human in vitro fertilization laboratory at Oregon Health Sciences University, has not been formally announced or published in any scientific journal.

Wolf's team told the Post they are trying to produce genetically identical monkeys for research.

If successful, such clones could be used for things such as drug experiments and reduce the number of animals now necessary to compensate for genetic differences, the researchers said.

The research might also lead to advancements in combating infertility in older women by allowing an infertile woman's genetic material to be inserted in a donor embryo.

 
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