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Last Updated: Thursday April 14 2005 17:26 GMT

Second ever cloned horse is born

Pieraz the horse
The world's second cloned horse has been born, scientists have announced.

Pieraz-Cryozootech-Stallion is a copy of a champion endurance racing horse, also called Pieraz.

Pieraz senior donated the genetic material to make baby Pieraz because he can't have foals, so scientists decided to clone him instead.

The foal was born on 25 February and is being kept in Italy for the time being. The world's first horse clone, called Prometea, was produced in 2003.

She is now two years old and doing well.

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The same team worked on making both Pieraz-Cryozootech-Stallion and Prometea.

Pieraz-Cryozootech was created using the same technique as Dolly the sheep, the first mammal in the world to be cloned.

Although many clones have been found to develop genetic defects after birth, including premature ageing, experts think this is not passed onto their babies.



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