Scientists Engineer Primate Chimeras With Six Sets of Genes to Study Human Illnesses
Roku, Hex and Chimero are the world’s first primate chimeras—individual monkeys made from multiple fertilized eggs of the same species.
Each animal has six different sets of genes instead of one. To produce each monkey, biologist Shoukhrat Mitalipov and his team at the Oregon Health and Science University placed six separate four-celled embryos into a petri dish and, using a micropipette, nudged them into a single aggregation. After a few days, the researchers implanted the aggregation into an adult female macaque. The resulting young have cells descended from each of six embryos evenly distributed throughout their bodies.
(via Scientists Engineer “Chimera” Primates to Combat Human Ailments | Popular Science)