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9 lesser-known cloned animals

Nov. 23, 2011, 8:47 a.m.
mouflon

Photo: Geoffrey Gilson/Flickr

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Mouflon

The endangered European mouflon, also known as a small, feral sheep, was first cloned in 2001 in Italy. Threatened in its original habitat of the Mediterranean islands of Sardinia, Corsica and Cyprus, the animal nearly died out a century ago. The mouflon was cloned using the same technique scientists used to create the sheep Dolly — a somatic cell nuclear transfer. This is a lab technique used to create an ovum with a donor nucleus.