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science and technology in China.Since the birth of the first cloned animal, Dolly the Sheep, cloning has always been

a highly controversial procedure that raises a slew of ethical issues, inc

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luding animal welfare. While the research represents a significant breakthrough in cloning science, some critics from the Western media have called the experiment, mo

nstrous, since it can open the door for copying humans in

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the future. Jose Cibelli, a cloning expert at Michigan Sta

te University, told National Geographic, The genies out of the bottle now. The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) condemned Chinese plans to create more clones for drug-testing as a "horror show."Nonetheless, the Chinese research team has asserted they have no plans to conduct similar research on humans. On Jan. 24, at a news conference in China,

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the director of the Chinese Academy of Sciences Institute of Neuroscience, Poo Muming said the work was conducted to produce primates that coul

d be used as models to understand human medical issues. "We have no plan to clone humans and social ethics would by no means allow that practice," said Poo Muming.Its encouraging to hear the m


ajority of overseas scientists hailed China's first monkey clones as "significant advance" for better human disease research. Calling the study

"very impressive from a technical standpoint, Darren Griffin, professor of genetics at the University of Kent in Canterbury, England, told AFP, Cloning primates has been proven as much harder th

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possibility to create genetica

an cloning other species like dogs, cats, pigs, horses and so on. So to achieve that in primates has been quite a technical advance." Griffin is correct since the production of such

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cloned animals could allow scientists to use less animals for their research on cancer, brain diseases, such as Parkinson's, as well as immune disorders.In a written interview with

Global Times has written the b

Xinhua on January 27, Robert Desimone, Director of McGovern Institute of Brain Research at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge in Massachusetts state, said cloning methods ma