Scientists in China have successfully cloned monkeys

January 25, 2018 by  
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In a major breakthrough, scientists at the Chinese Academy of Sciences Institute of Neuroscience in Shanghai have successfully cloned long-tailed macaque monkeys . This is the first instance in which scientists have cloned primates and may open the door to cloning humans in the future. “Humans are primates. So (for) the cloning of primate species, including humans, the technical barrier is now broken,” cloning program supervisor Muming Poo told reporters . However, Poo insisted that the cloning of primates was intended to serve research purposes, particularly for medicine and human health. The famous primate clones , two identical long-tailed macaques that were born two weeks apart, have been named Zhong Zhong and Hua Hua. At less than two months old, the young monkeys are growing normally and are expected to be soon joined by additional macaque clones born within months. Zhong Zhong and Hua Hua were created through a process known as somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT), in which the nucleus of a cell, with its contained genetic information, is transferred into an egg from which the nucleus has been removed. This technique has been used to successfully clone over 20 species of animals, including dogs, cows, and pigs. Perhaps the most famously cloned species is the sheep, which became the first mammal species to be cloned from an adult somatic cell in 1996 when Dolly the sheep was born in Scotland . Related: China to break ground on world’s largest animal cloning factory next year Previous attempts to use SCNT to clone primates had failed. Even the recent success was the result of repeated failure; 127 eggs were used to produce the two live macaque births. “It remains a very inefficient and hazardous procedure,” Robin Lovell-Badge, a cloning expert at the Francis Crick Institute in London and unaffiliated with the primate cloning in China , told Reuters . “The work in this paper is not a stepping-stone to establishing methods for obtaining live born human clones. This clearly remains a very foolish thing to attempt.” Via Reuters Images via Chinese Academy of Sciences/Reuters and Depositphotos

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National Geographic Photographer Documents Her Daughter’s Magical Life with Animal Companions

October 24, 2014 by  
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Read the rest of National Geographic Photographer Documents Her Daughter’s Magical Life with Animal Companions Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: amazing photos of animals , Amelia , Amelia and the Animals , Amelia Forman , Amelia Schwartz , Animals , animals photography , deer , DOE , Elephant , elephants , EMU , emus , exotic animals , fawn , fawns , goat , goats , kangaroo , kangaroos , kickstarter campaign , lemur , monkey , monkeys , mother and daughter , National Geographic photographer , ocelot , ocelots , Robin Schwartz , Robin Schwartz daughter

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Japanese Study Shows Climate Change Could Mean More Girls Are Born Than Boys

October 24, 2014 by  
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A recent study carried out in Japan warns of yet another unexpected consequence of climate change : the study shows that male human fetuses are more sensitive to temperature differences than female fetuses and are more likely to spontaneously abort when exposed to extremes of heat and cold in utero . While similar studies in New Zealand and Finland have not confirmed this finding, the Japanese team believe they have an explanation for that. Read the rest of Japanese Study Shows Climate Change Could Mean More Girls Are Born Than Boys Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Climate Change , extreme weather , fetal mortality , global warming , infant mortality , Japan , miscarriage , temperature variation linked to male fetal death , temperature-dependent sex determination

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Tiny and Affordable Russian DublDom Home Can Be Assembled in Just One Day

October 24, 2014 by  
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Removable Stacked Metal Cubes Filled With Plants Find Balance in Paris

October 24, 2014 by  
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Read the rest of Removable Stacked Metal Cubes Filled With Plants Find Balance in Paris Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Art , art fair , art installation , art sculpture , eco-art , FIAC , galerie philippe gravier , jardins des tuileries , many small cubes , nomadic house , nomadic installation , nomadic sculpture , Paris , patrick rimoux , philippe gravier , sculptural architecture , sculpture , Sou Fujimoto

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The Alunaris Project: A Tree Temple in the Heart of Colombia’s Sierra Nevada Mountains

June 2, 2014 by  
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Rising over 18,000 feet near Colombia’s Caribbean coast, the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta mountain range is the highest coastal range in the world, and in dire need of conservation and protection. A group of folks has started a project to bring attention to the importance of this ancient, sacred land that is home to countless plant, animal, and insect species:  The Alunaris Tree Temple Project aims to create a magical space that will encourage visitors to interact with majestic trees in new, conscious ways. Many ancient trees had been decimated by logging and herbicides, including harvesting timber for the blossoming tourism trade, but conservationists want to bring awareness to the importance of the region’s majestic, towering trees. The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Read the rest of The Alunaris Project: A Tree Temple in the Heart of Colombia’s Sierra Nevada Mountains Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Alunaris , Alunaris project , Andes , caribbean , coastal mountains , colombia , conservation , IndieGoGo , monkeys , mountains , Sierra Nevada , toucans , Tree , tree house , treehouse , Treehouses , Trees

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New Monkey Discovered in Burma Sneezes When it Rains

October 27, 2010 by  
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Image: Reconstructed photo of the monkey by Dr. Thomas Geissmann Conservationists have found a new species of monkey in northern Burma that has such a uniquely shaped nose, its upturned nostrils fill with water when it rains, causing it to sneeze.

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‘Coal Country’ Documentary, Aired on Planet Green, Called Potential Threat by PA Dept of Homeland Security

October 27, 2010 by  
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I don’t know if we should be flattered or scared: It’s come to TreeHugger’s attention that Coal Country , a documentary which originally aired on Planet Green’s Reel Impact series of programing last November, was singled out at the time as a potential security threat by the Pennsylvania Department of Homeland Security –the same department that

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Nissan LEAF Gets 116.1 Miles in Real-World Range Test

October 27, 2010 by  
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Photo: Flickr , CC How Far Will the Nissan LEAF Go? Official estimates tend to be optimistic, whether it’s a government estimate of how fast the deficit will be halved or a carmaker’s estimate of how good its own products are. That’s why it’s so important to also look at real-world testing to figure out if the theory matches the facts at least some of the time.

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NASA to Irradiate Monkeys. Horrible Animal Experiments or a Sign of Progress?

October 30, 2009 by  
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When I first read the news that NASA was going to start experimenting on monkeys with radiation to study the effects of deep space travel, my heart sunk. As an anthropologist who has studied non-human primates I have seen up close the emotions, the feelings, and the physical qualities we share with our evolutionary cousins. My mind went back to shooting chimps into space, not caring if they lived or died.

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