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Iran Expects Birth of Cloned Sheep in Feb.
Breitbart.com (AP story) ^ | Dec. 21, 2005 | Ali Akbar Dareini

Posted on 12/21/2005 3:02:55 PM PST by Right Wing Assault

TEHRAN, Iran - In less than two months, Iran hopes to celebrate the birth of cloned sheep, the first such attempt in the Middle East and part of the country's ambitions _ along with its nuclear and space programs _ to become a regional high-tech powerhouse. The cloning program has won backing from Iran's Muslim Shiite religious leaders, who have issued religious decrees authorizing animal cloning but banning human reproductive cloning. A majority of Iran's nearly 70 million people are Shiites.

In contrast, Sunni Muslim religious leaders _ including senior clerics in Saudi Arabia _ have banned cloning altogether, even in animals.

The cloning effort is a result of Iran's work in stem cell research. Officials say researchers tried to impregnate five sheep with cloned embryos and one of the sheep is expected to deliver twins on Feb. 14. The gestation period for sheep is about five months.

"Of five surrogate mothers, three of the sheep are pregnant. One of them has two babies in its womb, an unprecedented occurrence in the world's brief cloning history," said Saeed Kazemi Ashtiani, head of Iran's Royan Institute.

The latest ultrasound performed by veterinarians last week showed the twins in good shape.

"Fortunately, everything is pointing in the right direction. We appear to be in a perfect shape," Ashtiani said.

Park Se-pill, director of the Maria Infertility Medical Institute based in Seoul, South Korea, said the expected births "shows that Iran has the technology to create cloned sheep like Dolly," the world's first cloned sheep, born in 1996.

Scientists at Royan Institute also tried to clone a cow, but the pregnancy failed in the early weeks.

Ashtiani said cloning sheep and cows could lead to advances in medical research, including using cloned animals to produce human antibodies against infectious diseases.

"Our final aim of animal cloning is to create ground for new research in the country and prepare Iran scientifically to carry out cloning treatment _ provided global agreements are reached," Ashtiani said.

Under a 20-year development plan, Iran aims to become a base for high technology and a scientific powerhouse in western Asia and a regional dominant power by 2025.

Cloning has provoked ethical concerns, especially over the possibility that it might be used in humans.

Ashtiani said Iranian researchers would never try to clone a human being because it would not be allowed in the country.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: clone; cloned; cloning; iran; sheep
So, maybe this will help with their sheep shortage and keep the men happy.
1 posted on 12/21/2005 3:02:56 PM PST by Right Wing Assault
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To: Right Wing Assault

The will of Allah?


2 posted on 12/21/2005 3:03:51 PM PST by Spok (Est omnis de civilitate.)
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To: Right Wing Assault

Watch out for a cloned Khomeini in our near future...


3 posted on 12/21/2005 3:04:50 PM PST by atomicpossum (Replies should be as pedantic as possible. I love that so much.)
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To: Right Wing Assault

That's *baaaaaad*


4 posted on 12/21/2005 3:05:27 PM PST by My2Cents (Dead people voting is the closest the Democrats come to believing in eternal life.)
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To: atomicpossum

the newest Jihadist!!!!!!or girlfriend


5 posted on 12/21/2005 3:06:59 PM PST by proudusvet
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To: Right Wing Assault

And now all the lonely men of Iran will no longer be alone on Saturday night...


6 posted on 12/21/2005 3:07:54 PM PST by RockinRight (Itís likely for a Conservative to be a Republican, but not always the other way around)
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To: atomicpossum

Or worse: a clone of that Ahmadinejad character.


7 posted on 12/21/2005 3:11:30 PM PST by rightwingintelligentsia
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To: Right Wing Assault

Is cloning against Islam? Is dating sheep against Islam?


8 posted on 12/21/2005 3:11:30 PM PST by knightshadow
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To: Right Wing Assault

They're going to clone the sexiest ones.


9 posted on 12/21/2005 3:12:24 PM PST by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: Right Wing Assault

Think they got some nasty ideas from ATTACK OF THE CLONES? Maybe an entire army of carbon-copy jihadis?


10 posted on 12/21/2005 3:12:39 PM PST by atomicpossum (Replies should be as pedantic as possible. I love that so much.)
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To: Right Wing Assault

Nah. There's a shortage of virgins in paradise. This is the answer.


11 posted on 12/21/2005 3:12:54 PM PST by saganite (The poster formerly known as Arkie 2)
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To: Right Wing Assault

Now we know where they plan to get the supply of 72 Virgins....


12 posted on 12/21/2005 3:13:15 PM PST by conservativehusker (GO BIG RED!!!!)
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To: conservativehusker

Beat ya! LOL


13 posted on 12/21/2005 3:13:44 PM PST by saganite (The poster formerly known as Arkie 2)
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To: Right Wing Assault

so, which imam is the proud papa?


14 posted on 12/21/2005 3:14:53 PM PST by pipecorp (Let's have a CRUSADE! , the 'slims have already started. 1900 useless replies and still going!)
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so, which imam is the proud papa?

If they come out 7 feet tall, it might be Osama!

15 posted on 12/21/2005 3:17:05 PM PST by Right Wing Assault ("..this administration is planning a 'Right Wing Assault' on values and ideals.." - John Kerry)
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To: Right Wing Assault

And the wedding is when???


16 posted on 12/21/2005 3:17:36 PM PST by calljack (Sometimes your worst nightmare is just a start.)
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To: Right Wing Assault

Wait a minute! Clones don't have a papa, do they?


17 posted on 12/21/2005 3:17:59 PM PST by Right Wing Assault ("..this administration is planning a 'Right Wing Assault' on values and ideals.." - John Kerry)
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To: Right Wing Assault
Mexico beat them to the punch.
18 posted on 12/21/2005 3:18:49 PM PST by peyton randolph (<a href="http://clinton.senate.gov/">shrew</a>)
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To: Right Wing Assault

Gads, they already have a cloned goat for prez.


19 posted on 12/21/2005 3:40:55 PM PST by Ursus arctos horribilis ("It is better to die on your feet than to live on your knees!" Emiliano Zapata 1879-1919)
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To: Right Wing Assault

Ah, yes, modern Iran, where men are men and sheep sleep with their eyes open...


20 posted on 12/21/2005 3:44:46 PM PST by RichInOC ("Lovin' ewe is easy 'cause ewe're beautiful...makin' love with ewe is all I want to do...")
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Iran Expects Birth of Cloned Sheep

Maybe the sheep can take over for their sicko leader.

21 posted on 12/21/2005 5:15:55 PM PST by beyond the sea (If you need a really new idea ..................... read a really old book.)
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To: Right Wing Assault

Jihadists are rejoicing!


22 posted on 12/22/2005 10:15:16 AM PST by sheik yerbouty ( Make America and the world a jihad free zone!)
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