Wed, April 15, 2009
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Scientist: First cloned camel born in Dubai

2009-04-15 06:59:31 GMT2009-04-15 14:59:31 (Beijing Time)

This undated picture made available Tuesday, April 14, 2009, by Dubai's Camel Reproduction Center, shows the first cloned camel, called Achievement or Injaz in Arabic, who was born on April 8 after an uncomplicated gestation of 378 days, the Camel Reproduction Center said in a press release on Tuesday, April 14, 2009. (AP Photo)

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – A scientist says the world's first cloned camel has been produced in the desert emirate of Dubai. Nisar Ahmad Wani, a senior reproductive biologist at the government's Camel Reproduction Center, says the cloned camel is a six-day-old, one-humped female called Achievement or Injaz in Arabic.

Injaz was born April 8 after an uncomplicated gestation of 378 days, the center said in a press release Tuesday.

The center said she was created from cells harvested from an ovary of an adult female camel.

Camels are a valuable commodity in the desert sheikdoms of the Persian Gulf. They are used for racing and transport. They are famous for healthy low-fat milk and can fetch owners millions of dollars at camel beauty contests.


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