Scientists Clone Mouse With One Drop of Blood
Peripheral blood cell has never been used before
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jun 27, 2013 7:05 PM CDT
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(Newser) – You don't need a lot of mouse to make a clone. Researchers at the Riken BioResource Center have managed to clone a mouse using just one drop of normal, circulating blood, the BBC reports. The clone was healthy, lived a normal lifespan, and was able to reproduce. While mice have previously been cloned from things like bone marrow and liver, this method—which is similar to the one that produced the famous cloned sheep Dolly—doesn't involve killing the donor mouse, among other advantages.

"This technique would be applicable for generating genetic copies of invaluable strains of mice, which cannot be preserved by other assisted reproductive techniques," researchers said. They're not the only ones making bold strides in mouse copying either; a linked institute recently managed to create 600 identical copies of one mouse.

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Smartbutt
Jun 29, 2013 10:22 AM CDT
Let's just create more humans, animals, algae, etc. that we are unable to financially support or feed. WTG!
iwrote1
Jun 28, 2013 9:01 AM CDT
I wonder how long will it be before we get to see a wooly mammoth cloned... anything but a kardashian.
democracy1776
Jun 28, 2013 2:04 AM CDT
This is great news for the thousands of very sick humans that need lung, heart, kidney, pancreas transplant . Being able to clone anyone of these vital organs from the recipients own blood will allow the person to not reject the organ. This comment comes from a person that has had a transplant. and had to wait years to get the transplant, .Now I have to take anti rejection pills for life. I find most of the commenters on this site that are making stupid comments are very thoughtless and heartless. Sham on all of you! Who in their right mind would make comments like some of you have made? You must be one demented person.