Friday, January 04, 2008

[The Chosun Ilbo, December 13 2007] Korean Scientists Clone Genetically-Modified Cat

A combination of somatic cell cloning and gene modification has created clones of a genetically-modified cat for the first time in the world.

The Ministry of Technology and Science said Wednesday that a research team led by Prof. Kong Il-Keun of the zootechny department of Gyeongsang National University succeeded in cloning cats with modified genes.

Three of the special cats were born in January, two of which survived. This is the world's first successful case of a cat being created through both cell cloning and gene manipulation, although the U.S. succeeded in creating a cat by cloning cells in 2002.

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