Iran Makes First Stem Cell Mouse

A02556046.jpgTEHRAN (FNA) – Scientists at the stem cell department of Iran’s Royan Research Center have successfully produced a mouse using embryonic stem cells.

The mouse was created by injecting the embryonic stem cells of a black mouse into a white mouse’s blastosists, the director of the research team told IRNA.

The resulted embryos were then transferred to another mouse’s uterine and finally a chimera mouse was born, he continued.

Hossein Baharvand said his team was looking forward to producing mice with specific characteristics by genetically modifying their embryonic stem cells.

They claim their findings could help scientists study the role of specific genes in the body.

In 2006, Royan Research Center scientists successfully cloned the country’s first lamb, Royana.

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