Scientists have cloned a mouse of a single drop of blood




Scientists have cloned a mouse of a single drop of blood


Japanese researchers from the Riken BioResource Center were able to successfully clone a female mice, using only one single drop of blood taken from the tail of the other mice. Moreover, the cloned mouse lived 23 months (standard for any laboratory animal) and was able to reproduce.

This incident has been written in the scientific journal Biology of Reproduction. The article states that “this is the first cloning of the mouse with only a few cell nuclei of blood.” A successful case of this kind of cloning offers the potential of cloning a high standing in the food chain of animals. We are talking about the possibility of cloning livestock for food industry, as well as the reproduction of the species, standing on the brink of extinction.

Professor Robin Lovell-Budge from London’s National Institute for Medical Research commented:

“Astonishing effectiveness of this method of cloning said that even when using only a small drop of blood scientists will have a sufficient quantity of material necessary for the reproduction of rare and precious and animal species . ”

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