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    Mouse Clone Made From Drop of Blood

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    Japanese scientists have successfully cloned a mouse using only a single drop of blood and report that the clone lived a full mouse life and was capable of giving birth.

    Even since Dolly, the first cloned sheep came along, there have been rapid advancements in this field.

    Now, Japanese scientists have successfully cloned a mouse using only a single drop of blood and report that the clone lived a full mouse life and was capable of giving birth.

    The procedure is a breakthrough as it’s the first time circulating, peripheral cells have successfully used to make copies of donors. The technique is less invasive than previous methods and doesn’t require that the source animal be euthanized.

    Previous mouse cloning practices involved harvesting cells from lymph nodes, bone marrow, and the liver. The blood cell clone was a result of research geared towards finding cell sources that are more readily available.

    The team’s success is considered to be a huge mark in the win column as it will allow for the easier replication and replacement of valuable test specimens.

    Test mice are often flawed because they’re intentionally bred or modified to have human disorders. Often, when a subject is rendered infertile the testing process needs to be restarted, resulting in high costs and delays.