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China Produces First GM Sheep

April 27, 2012

Chinese scientists from BGI, a genomics organization, together with the Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), and Shihezi University, Xinjiang province announced a breakthrough in animal breeding. The world's first transgenic sheep produced with a simplified technique referred to as handmade cloning, was successfully born on March 26,2012 in China.

This research being done through the Breeding and Cultivation of New GM Varieties Project was launched in 2008. It is recognized as one of the most significant technological investment in China. Mr. Han Changbin, Minister of Agriculture, pointed out that, as a big agriculture country, China should create a niche in the field of animal breeding.

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