Turkey’s first cloned cattle healthy at eight years old

Three cattle cloned as part of a project by Turkey’s Scientific and Technological Research Council have been sent out to pasture in the western province of Tekirdağ, Islamist newspaper Yeni Şafak said.

Efe, Ece and Ecem, who are all clones of other cattle, are as healthy as normal animals and have adapted to nature without problem, the newspaper said.

Dolly the sheep, the world’s first cloned sheep, lived only 6 years, which prompted some to think that the technology might produce inferior reproductions of original animals.

However, these clones have lived longer than the originals and still have no health problems, Yeni Şafak said.

The technology can be applied to more valuable creatures, said Namık Kemal University Biotechnology Department President Sezen Arat, who produced the clones.

“In Korea they produce cloned narcotics dogs,” she said, and cloned stem cells could also be useful in medical treatment.

A total of five cloned cattle were produced in Turkey, and they and their offspring now form a flock of around 20 animals, Arat said.

“This result shows that if cloning is done properly, healthy and normal individuals can be produced,” she said.

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