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World News November 16, 2023

Chinese scientists report world’s first live birth of chimeric monkey

Chinese scientists have successfully achieved the first live birth of a monkey with a high proportion of cells derived from a monkey stem cell line. The researchers, from the Center for Excellence in Brain Science and Intelligence Technology and the Guangzhou Institutes of Biomedicine and Health, utilized crab-eating or long-tailed macaques in the experiment. By establishing stem cell lines and injecting them into early monkey embryos, they achieved six full-term live offspring with stem cell contributions averaging 67 percent across 26 different tissue types. This breakthrough may facilitate the study of human diseases using chimeric primates and has implications for genetic engineering and species conservation.

Source – CGTN

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