April 28, 1999 - Toronto - CP
Montreal scientists have cloned triplet goats in what is believed to be a world first. The goats -- Danny, Clint Scotland, originated from a cell extracted from an adult sheep, making her a replica of a sheep six years older. Work to produce the identical goats started eight months ago, said Jeffrey Turner, Nexia's president and a former genetics professor at McGill University.
The goats originated from cells transferred from the body of one goat into another goat's mature fertilized eggs. The eggs had their original nuclei, or DNA, removed and replaced by DNA derived from cells grown in the laboratory. The research involving the goats will be used to develop man-made spider silk for medical uses, said Turner. After tracking the health of the goats for a few months, scientists plan to use the cloning process again. Next time, they will inject the silk gene from spiders into the cells that will produce new cloned goats, said Turner.
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