Scientists Successfully Clone Monkeys

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Chinese researchers have used the cloning technique that produced Dolly  the sheep to create healthy monkeys--bringing science one step closer to  being able to do the same with humans. According to a paper published  by the journal Cell on Wednesday, the Chinese Academy of Sciences  has successfully created two female macaques. 

The babies are about  eight weeks old and are named Zhong Zhong and Hua Hua. Researchers say  this means that cloning of humans is theoretically possible. However,  they say their goal is to create lots of genetically identical monkeys  for use in medical research, where they would be valuable because they  are more like humans than lab animals such as mice or rats.

Source:  AP News

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