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Photos: Iran cloned calves Abgoun and Abgineh

Source: ISNA; photos by Hossein Baharloo

Iran produced two cloned calves through freezing embryo in laboratory. The calves "Abgoun" and "Abgineh" were born in the biotechnology research center of Royan Institute.

"Birth of the two calves turns a new page in industry of improvement of domesticated animals' breed. The two animals enjoy good jean," the project manager Mohammad Hossein Nasr Esfahani told ISNA (read related report in Persian)

He said birth of the two calves is the last chain of capability of Iranian scholars' research in field of biotechnology for creation of domesticated animals.

Production of frozen embryos is the quickest and the most optimized way to elevate genetic potentials of domesticated animals, he added.

He added the country carries out artificial insemination method for domesticated animals through indigenous and foreign good sperms.

The Middle East's first and the world's fifth cloned goat, 'Hanna' was successfully born at Rouyan institute in Isfahan, Iran in April 2009.

The cloned goat was developed in the surrogate uterus of a black Bakhtiari goat for 147 days and was born through a cesarean section.

Iran's first cloned lamb, Royana, was born on Sept. 30, 2006 in Rouyan institute and was able to survive the post-natal complications common in cloned animals.

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