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Cloning monkeys for research puts humans on a slippery ethical slope – The Conversation (David Hunter | February 2019)

Published/Released on February 01, 2019 | Posted by Admin on February 17, 2019 / , , , , ,
 


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Scientists have many tools at their disposal to study, manipulate and copy genes.

We don’t ordinarily include animal ethics items in the newsroom/Resource Library (this is the third such item out of 1300+ entries), primarily because we feel ill-equipped to comments on such matters, and we are not ordinarily proponents of slippery slope arguments, but David Hunter’s comments here are well made and worthy of consideration.

Now it appears researchers at the Institute of Neuroscience in Shanghai, China, have combined techniques to produce a world first: gene edited, cloned macaque monkeys (Macaca fascicularis).
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Qiang Sun, a senior researcher in the project and Director of ION’s Nonhuman Primate Research Facility explains:
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We believe that this approach of cloning gene-edited monkeys could be used to generate a variety of monkey models for gene-based diseases, including many brain diseases, as well as immune and metabolic disorders and cancer.
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