A group of researchers in China have announced the live birth of a monkey made up of cells from two different monkey embryos. This has not been possible before in non-human primates. The researchers believe that this development can be beneficial for the study of human stem cells and for species conservation. The study used stem cells from cynomolgus monkeys to create a more precise model for studying diseases. The monkeys used in the study were successful, with 12 pregnancies and 6 live births resulting. The cells derived from the stem cells were found in various organs and tissues of the live monkey and in the monkey fetus. The researchers are continuing to study and refine this method for generating chimeric monkeys. The study has been funded by several research programs in China.
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