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China clones high-yielding dairy cow for the first time


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Chinese newspaper Global Times reported that Chinese biologists have successfully cloned for the first time a highly productive Holstein cow capable of producing 18 tons of milk per year.

She pointed out that scientists from the Northeastern University of Agriculture and Forestry cloned 3 calves by somatic cell nuclear transfer. And they used the tissues of the ears of animals in this process.

Jin Yaping, head of the team behind the experiment, said it would go a long way in reviving China’s livestock sector, which currently imports about 70 percent of its dairy cows.

He added that scientists plan to create a herd of more than 1,000 cows with superior production capabilities within two to three years to solve China’s dependence on animal imports from overseas.

It is reported that in recent years, Chinese scientists have carried out a number of experiments to clone pigs, horses, cats, dogs and other animals.

Source: Global Times

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