Strange Science: Cloned Monkeys

Berber monkeysThese monkeys are just as shocked as we are that that some of their cousins have been cloned!

Using the same technology that allowed for the cloning of Dolly the sheep in 1996, Chinese scientists have now created identical long-tailed macaques named Hua Hua and Zhong Zhong. While monkeys have been cloned previously using a split embryo, this is the first time that a reconstructed unfertilized egg has been used to create a monkey. Or a pair of monkeys, in this case.

This new development has many ethical and legal issues, as these monkeys are the first cloned primate, which suggests that human cloning may not be all that far off. In the meantime, though, check out this article and revel in the cuteness of baby monkey!

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