First Cloned Camel Born in Dubai, Scientist Claims

April 14, 2009 - 3:15 PM
A scientist says the world's first cloned camel has been produced in the desert emirate of Dubai.
Dubai, United Arab Emirates (AP) - A scientist says the world's first cloned camel has been produced in the desert emirate of Dubai.
 
Nisar Ahmad Wani, a senior reproductive biologist at the government's Camel Reproduction Center, says the cloned camel is a six-day-old, one-humped female called Achievement or Injaz in Arabic.
 
Injaz was born April 8 after an uncomplicated gestation of 378 days, the center said in a press release Tuesday.
 
The center said she was created from cells harvested from an ovary of an adult female camel.
 
Camels are a valuable commodity in the desert sheikdoms of the Persian Gulf. They are used for racing and transport. They are famous for healthy low-fat milk and can fetch owners millions of dollars at camel beauty contests.