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07/25/09

Photos: Tamina, Iran second cloned calf, is born


TEHRAN (ISNA)-Iran's second cloned calf named Tamina was born in central city of Isfahan on Saturday.  Tamina was born less than two weeks from Bonyana's birth, the first Iranian cloned calf, an official of Isfahan campus of Royan Institute Research Center Mohammad Hossein Nasr Esfahani said.

The two cloned calves are produced from the body of one male cow.

Royan Institute has accomplished series of embryology researches over cloning and has put Iran among a few countries with the technology of cloning mammals living in farms, he said.

Royan Institute's capacity on producing cloned embryos in laboratories is ranked the same as capabilities of New Zealand, Denmark and the US, he said.

Several countries including New Zealand, Britain, the US and Italy have prevented extinction of some animals through cloning technology, he added.

In April, Iran's first cloned goat, named Hana was born at the Isfahan campus of the Royan Institute.

In 2006, Iran became the first Middle Eastern country to announce it had cloned a sheep, named Royana.

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