The Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) has successfully cloned two macaque monkeys. This is a medically significant achievement as macaque monkeys share many biological characteristics with humans. Previous attempts in other nations to clone such animals have failed. The scientific endeavours which led to the recent success have been three years in the making.
China is rapidly becoming the global leader in medical research and today’s achievement represents a clear signpost on the road to curing major diseases in humans.
According to Muming Poo of the CAS, the cloned monkeys will help scientists to better develop cures to life threatening brain diseases.
“We plan to produce more cloned monkeys designed for gene-related brain diseases, such as the Alzheimer’ s, Parkinson’s disease and autism. It will give us an international edge in the research of primate brain”.
The monkeys which have been given the names Zhong Zhong and Hua Hua, are being bottle feed and will experience life in a manner identical to naturally conceived animals.