|The world¡¯s first water buffalo cloned from
somatic cells was born Thursday morning in South China¡¯s Guangxi Zhuang
BEIJING, Mar. 21 -- The world¡¯s first water buffalo
cloned from somatic cells was born Thursday morning in South China¡¯s Guangxi
Zhuang Autonomous Region.
The buffalo¡¯s heart rate, temperature and breathing
were normal. About 30 minutes after the birth, the calf stood up and nursed,
said doctor Shi Deshun, head of the research project at Guangxi University.
The calf, which was born at 4:15 a.m., weighed 23
kilograms and was 86 centimeters long and 62.5 centimeters tall, said Shi.
The calf was cloned with ovary cells taken from an
adult native buffalo and transplanted into the 12-year-old female buffalo April
¡°The birth of the calf proves our somatic cell clone
technology is mature and this technology will greatly promote cattle breeding in
China,¡± said the doctor.
¡°Our university has another two buffaloes pregnant
with calves cloned with somatic cells and they are expected to be born this
year,¡± he said.
(Source: Shenzhen Daily-Agencies)