Persian Mouflon cloned in Iran

ISFAHAN, Aug. 04 (MNA) – Scientists of Royan Institute in Isfahan managed to clone going-extinct Persian Mouflon.

"After growing development of urban areas many species are on the verge of extinction," said Professor Mohammad Hossein Nasr Isfahani, the Head of Isfahan branch of Royan Institute, breaking the news of the achievement acquired.

Nasr Isfahani added that thanks to efforts in Royan Institute, the researchers had managed to clone Persian Mouflon.

The cloned species was found in an area near Isfahan, and currenly the cloned Mouflon is living in good health in Royan Institute Farm, according to Professor Nasr-Isfahani.

The scientists also boasted that after Japan, China and South Korea, Iran is the fourth Asian country which implements the cloning technology to save its endangered species.

He also told the reporters about the ongoing projects to save other species on the verge of extinction including Persian Cheetah. Iran’s Royan Institute for Biotechnology Research had successfully cloned calves earlier in 2009.

Established in 2004, Royan Institute for Animal Biotechnology was launched with the purpose of improving research in reproduction, development, cell and molecular biology. Well known for its cloned animals, the Institute also covers many researches in the fields of bioengineering and reproductive technology.


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