Chinese Researchers Successfully Clone Rhesus Monkey

Chinese scientists from the Chinese Academy of Science's Institute for Neuroscience in Shanghai have successfully cloned a healthy rhesus monkey named ReTro. This is seen as a potential avenue for mass cloning of genetically uniform monkeys for drug efficacy tests, since rhesus monkeys are often favoured for medicinal studies due to their genetic similarity to humans. However, the cloning has faced criticism from animal rights groups, including the United Kingdom's Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, which argues that the suffering endured by animals in the cloning process outweighs any potential benefits.