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Chinese Scientists Create World’s First Monkey Clones In China

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January 25, 2018 – Chinese Scientists Clone 2 Monkeys Injected With Different Diseases To Save Humans

By Moses Emorinken

When we thought we had seen the heights of innovations in science and technology, scientists in China have successfully cloned two monkeys.

China, in its aggressive bid to become the leader in science and technological innovation, have resurfaced with another groundbreaking creation – the cloning of monkeys in methods similar to the first cloned animal by scientists in Scotland in 1996 – Dolly the sheep.

The genetically identical long-tailed macaques born in Shanghai last month, called Zhong Zhong (8 weeks old) and Hua Hua (6 weeks old), are the first primate clones produced.

In times past, there have been scattered successes in the cloning of mammals like mice, sheep and cattle; however, the cloning of monkeys which is the closest primate to human had proven unsuccessful. Most of the failed experiments produced poorly formed monkeys or cloned monkeys that died moments after their birth.

The cloning of these identical monkeys, which is the biggest breakthrough in science at the moment have generated a groundswell of public opinions, praises and condemnation in every quarters.

We are tempted to reason that the implication of this scientific success is that human cloning is now theoretically possible; one that might be perfected in few years to come.

For the open-minded and science enthusiasts, it is a welcomed development; for the cultural and religious, it means crossing the line in the limits of God’s expectations for man. To them, man has begun to play God, which is a very sad development.

According to Muming Poo, a co-author, who directs the Institute of Neuroscience at the Chinese Academy of Sciences Centre for Excellence in Brain Science and Intelligence Technology, “the technical barrier is now broken. In principle [this method] can be applied to humans”.

Although the reason behind the monkey cloning program might not sit well with many in the scientific community who have raised concerns about animal ethics, Muming Poo however said that the cloned animals are to produce animal models useful for medicine, for human health; there is no intention to apply this method to humans.

According to him, the ultimate goal is to clone monkeys on a large scale for use as test subjects because of their similarities to humans. These monkeys will be given specific diseases before they are born; this way, they can be used to test various treatments.

It is not surprising that China is becoming a forerunner in science and technology, as it has almost doubled the number of its local universities in ten years and is heavy on state-funded research incentive programmes.

China is poised to overtake the US and Europe in innovations in science and technology. Its aim is to become the number one innovator by 2030 and the undisputed leader in global science and technology by 2049.

[About the author: Moses Emorinken is Public Relations Strategist, Business Consultant and Public Speaker and Writer Twitter @ Memorinken]



  1. Sadeliat

    January 25, 2018 at 6:07 PM

    I doubt it if it will ever be possible. God will not allow them

  2. Big Aunty Koks

    January 25, 2018 at 10:34 PM

    Often these double names have caused problem for humanity…like MMM and the like,. So, although not based on any scientific proof, I am sceptical about the benefits to be derived by these HH and ZZ monkeys. Just keep them far at the moment until it is certain that cloning them won’t mean multiplying monkey pox a beg.

  3. Mon

    January 26, 2018 at 3:51 AM

    Nothing is impossible but there will always be different between cloning and creation…God will always be above all things and HE gave us brain and knowledge to explore and innovate..

    But let’s not be surprise that Oyinbo don dey clone human long time ago but don’t want to make it public.. The question of how woman was made out of man is where all these there curiosity came from..again, God will always be God.

  4. DB

    January 26, 2018 at 11:36 AM

    That’s called advancement in science and technology while the ones here are busy carrying cows all over the place, destroying paople’s handiwork and humanity

  5. DB

    January 26, 2018 at 11:37 AM

    That’s called advancement in science and technology while the ones here are busy carrying cows all over the place, destroying people’s handiwork and humanity

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