World’s first cloned camel celebrates sixth birthday

Injaz the camel was cloned from ovarian cells by scientists at the Reproductive Biotechnology Centre in Dubai. (Photo courtesy: Paulo Vecina / The National)

The world’s first cloned camel turned six-years-old on Thursday and is celebrating with some happy news – she’s pregnant.

Injaz the camel was cloned from ovarian cells by scientists at the Reproductive Biotechnology Centre in Dubai in a scientific breakthrough celebrated worldwide.

The achievement made it to the New York-based scientific journal “Biology of Reproduction,” which carried the camel’s photo on its front page.

Scientists now await the birth of the calf who was naturally conceived.

Scientific director of the center Dr Nisar Wani told The National newspaper that many cloned camels had been produced since Injaz’s successful birth.

“We are very excited because Injaz is now pregnant and we expect to have a calf from her late this year,” Dr Wani added.

“She has conceived in a natural way. This will prove cloned camels are fertile and can reproduce the same as naturally produced camels.”
 

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