Chinese scientists clone monkey in a world first

Jan 25, 2018, 6:59 AM EST

A team of scientists at the Chinese Academy of Sciences Institute of Neuroscience in Shanghai has cloned monkeys for the first time, a breakthrough that could accelerate the hunt for genetic inconsistencies in humans and the methods to correct them.

The first animal was cloned in 1996, when Dolly the sheep, walked out of research labs, but the same process could not be replicated in primates until now, notes New Scientist.

Technically, the barrier to human cloning is now shattered, which is exciting and spooky at the same time, but one of the researchers allayed the apprehensions saying that there is no medical incentives for doing so, writes Futurism.