DUBAI – Scientists from the United Arab Emirates have announced on Tuesday that they have cloned the first camel ever.
The camel is a successor to Dolly the sheep, the first cloned mammal in the world.
The female camel is named Injaz and was born on 8 April. Scientists from the Camel Reproduction Centre have been working on the project for five years. This was reported by the newspaper The National on Tuesday.
According to the director of the reproduction centre the birth of Injaz is a breakthrough in the research programme. Scientists are trying to save the valuable genes of the fastest camels and of camels that produce the most milk for the future.
Injaz, the Arab word for achievement, is the clone of a camel that was slaughtered for her meat in 2005. Scientists used DNA from cells from the ovaries of the slaughtered camel. They then put the genetic material into an egg of a surrogate mother to produce a cloned embryo. The embryo was implanted in the womb of the surrogate mother which was pregnant with Injaz for 378 days. According to The National both mother and child are well.
Dolly the sheep was born in 1996 in Edinburgh, the capital city of Scotland. She lived to be six years old.