For the first time, the scientists of China have made clones of a gene-edited macaque to aid health research. This will be for circadian rhythm disorders that are linked to sleep problems, depression and Alzheimer’s disease.

Xinhua news agency said that a time multiple clones had been made from a gene-edited monkey for biomedical research and the clones were born at the Institute of Neuroscience at the China Academy of Sciences in Shanghai.

A Chinese journal said that a gene-edited monkey most prone to the disorder was selected as a donor, and its fibroblasts were used to make five cloned monkeys.

It added, “The cloned monkeys already show signs of “negative behavior”, including sleep disorders, as well as elevated levels of anxiety and “schizophrenia-like behaviours.”

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