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Turkey's first cloned sheep born at Istanbul University

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Scientists at Istanbul University announced they had successfully completed Turkey's first cloning project, local media said on Thursday.
ANKARA, November 22 (RIA Novosti) - Scientists at Istanbul University announced they had successfully completed Turkey's first cloning project, local media said on Thursday.

Turkey's experiments with cloning began in 2005 and 69 cloned embryos were transplanted to eight ewes, two of which got pregnant. The sheep, named Oyali, was delivered by caesarean section in the university's veterinary teaching hospital.

"The newborn is in good condition," the project's chief, Sema Bilker, said.

The world's first cloned mammal was Dolly, a sheep born in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1996. In 2003 she was put to sleep because of a progressive lung disease.

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