PARIS, France, Apr 30 ( – The findings of the first detailed physiological study of a cloned animal from birth were reported yesterday. Dr Jean-Paul Renard of the Institute National de la Recherche Agronomique found that a baby cow, cloned from an ear cell of a healthy adult cow, had major genetic defects.

According to BBC news, “six weeks after the calf was born, there was a sudden, dramatic fall in its red blood cell counts.” The calf died a week later and an autopsy reveled that the spleen, thymus and lymph nodes had not developed normally. Dr Harry Griffin, involved in the original cloning of Dolly the sheep said this study reinforces the point that “no-one should be contemplating the cloning of a human being” at this time.

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Cloning may damage long-term health