World`s first chimeric monkeys are born

Last Updated: Friday, January 6, 2012 - 09:52

Washington: Researchers in Oregon have produced the world`s first chimeric monkeys.

Unlike naturally-conceived animals whose individual cells contain the same genetic structure, the monkeys are composed of a mixture of cells containing different genomes.

Scientists have conducted research with chimeric mice for many years, but the primate model gives scientists new insight into the study of numerous diseases that affect humans.
The paper was released on Thursday, January 5, in the online journal ``Cell``.

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First Published: Friday, January 6, 2012 - 09:49

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