Scientists clone world endurance championship horse

Posted on Saturday, April 16 2005 @ 22:58 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
Italian scientists claim to have cloned a horse using the DNA of a thoroughbred Arabian gelding. The foal was born on Feb. 24, it weighed 93 pounds and was in an excellent condition. This is already world's second cloned horse.

The scientists used the DNA of Pieraz, a horse that won two world endurance championships in the nineties.
"This new approach opens the possibility of conserving the genetic inheritance of exceptional horses whose genetic heritage gets lost because they are castrated," the lab said in a statement Thursday.
More info at ABC News

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