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    Cloned monkeys Zhong Zhong and Hua Hua are seen at the non-human primate facility at the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Shanghai, China January 20, 2018, in this handout picture provided by the Institute of Neuroscience of the Chinese Academy of Sciences

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    A bold new experiment may open a new era in cloning as scientists in China have apparently succeeded in cloning primates.

    Researchers at the Chinese Academy of Sciences Institute of Neuroscience have unveiled their latest achievement – a pair of identical long-tailed macaques named Zhong Zhong and Hua Hua which are the first primates ever to be cloned from a non-embryonic cell.

    The scientists have apparently implemented the same technique that was employed two decades ago to clone the legendary Dolly the sheep — somatic cell nuclear transfer — and their experiment may actually pave the way for cloning humans.

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