Dr Nisar Wani, scientific director of the Reproductive Biotechnology Centre in Nad Al Sheba, Dubai, told The National: ‘We are very excited because Injaz is now pregnant and we expect to have a calf from her late this year.
‘She has conceived in a natural way. This will prove cloned camels are fertile and can reproduce the same as naturally produced camels.’
The birth of Injaz, whose name means ‘achievement’ in Arabic, caused great excitement in 2009 and scientists said that cloning would help to preserve the genetics of the camel population.
Camels are a valuable commodity in the desert sheikdoms of the Persian Gulf, and are used for racing and transport.
They can also produce low-fat milk and can make owners millions of dollars at camel beauty contests.
Since Injaz was born, many more animals have been produced by genetic cloning, including one from the cells of a camel beauty pageant winner, the BBC reported.
It took five years of work before Injaz was cloned.
She was born on April 8, 2009 weighing 66lbs (30kg), after an uncomplicated gestation of 378 days.
The calf was created from cells harvested from the ovary of an adult camel. The cells were then planted into the egg of a surrogate mother.
Injaz was confirmed as genetically identical to the camel the cells were taken from, according to United Arab Emirates newspapers at the time.
The world’s first mammal was cloned 19 years ago. Dolly the sheep was born in Edinburgh using DNA from an adult cell.
Dolly was put down in 2003, after being diagnosed with lung disease, but since then, scientists have successfully cloned mice, cows, pigs and dogs as well as camels.
HAVE SCIENTISTS GENETICALLY MODIFIED HUMAN EMBRYOS SO CHANGES ARE INHERITED?
Human embryos have been genetically modified so that any changes made will be carried on into future generations for the first time, according to scientists.
Researchers around the world are bracing themselves for the results of a study by scientists in China that has introduced DNA changes to reproductive cells.
Many scientists have already reacted with horror at the idea, for fear it could be misused to allow parents to ‘select’ the genes they will pass on to their grandchildren.
They say that even embryos created in this way for research purposes only could have serious ethical and safety implications. They have described it as ‘dangerous and ethically unacceptable’.
However, others argue that the technology could also be used to rid families of devastating inherited diseases like cystic fibrosis or certain cancers.
Until now scientists have concentrated on using genome editing techniques on somatic cells – non-reproductive cells like those found in skin, muscle, nerves, bone and liver for example – to help them study diseases.
Modifying the DNA of human embryos so that DNA changes are preserved in the germline – the sperm and eggs – means such alterations can be passed on to future generations.
Such work is already illegal in many countries around the world including the UK, but is permitted in the US and China.
A number of groups around the world are thought to be working on techniques to genetically modify human embryos.
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Cloning is not the ordained method in which God intended for reproduction. It does not involve a MALE and FEMALE reproducing by the means God planned, and that in of itself makes it a violation of what God intended. It changes what God authorized to something that He did not authorize. Consider these verses:
- O LORD, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps – Jeremiah 10:23 (KJV).
- For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring – Acts 17:28 (KJV).
- In whose hand is the soul of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind -Job 12:10 (KJV).
- The Spirit of God hath made me, and the breath of the Almighty hath given me life – Job 33:4 (KJV).
The process of cloning involves taking a female egg, removing the female chromosomes from it, and replacing them with the complete set of chromosomes from the donor. The egg is then placed in the womb to grow to maturity. But as soon as the chromosomes are placed in the egg, a new animal is “conceived.” That is what sexual reproduction is: the formation of fertilized egg cell, which is capable of growing in a womb as a separate individual from its mother or father. The cloned egg cell is capable of growing as a separate ‘life’ from the person from whom it was cloned. It is no longer part of his/her body, nor is it part of the body of the woman in whose womb it is implanted. It is a separate ‘being’ from the moment of cloning. (An important side point is that cloning, is not about having a mother as the life in a mother’s womb is a separate individual from the mother — for this individual would not even have come from the mother!)
Why do all the above facts matter? For the simple reason that the cloning process (as done now in animals) involves numerous “rejects.” When an egg is “fertilized” by cloning, it is often found to be imperfect or otherwise unacceptable, so it is “discarded” — i.e., killed, aborted, murdered. This is done repeatedly, in all cases of “cloning,” until an acceptable individual is achieved and implanted. This means that, if scientists experiment in cloning humans, they will necessarily abort dozens (probably hundreds) of fetuses before they ever succeed. And even if the cloning process is developed and improved, every attempted cloning will still involve discarding growing life! This is also what is wrong with all forms of “test-tube babies.” Hence, cloning is inherently sinful for all the reasons that deliberate abortion of humans is sinful.
Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils – 1 Timothy 4:1 (KJV)
”..keep that which is avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called: Which some professing have erred concerning the faith…” (1 Timothy 6:20-21 KJV).
Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ – Colossians 2:8 (KJV).
“lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away” 2 Timothy 3:1-5 (KJV).
He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end – Ecclesiastes 3:11 (KJV).
As thou knowest not what is the way of the spirit, nor how the bones do grow in the womb of her that is with child: even so thou knowest not the works of God who maketh all – Ecclesiastes 11:5 (KJV).
In the morning sow thy seed, and in the evening withhold not thine hand: for thou knowest not whether shall prosper, either this or that, or whether they both shall be alike good – Ecclesiastes 11:6 (KJV).
Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear – Hebrews 11:3 (KJV).
And God saw everything that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day – Genesis 1:31 (KJV).
Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? – 1 Corinthians 1:20 (KJV).