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Friday, April 15, 2005
  Absence of testicles no longer barrier to racing progeny
Scotsman.com News - Top Stories - Cloned colt is born to run again and again: "'The best horses are never bred, so they do not contribute to genetic progress. What we have achieved overcomes this problem. In two or three years, the cloned foal can be used as a stallion' - Professor Galli

Story in full SCIENTISTS have cloned a stallion from a castrated champion racehorse for the first time, paving the way for winning thoroughbreds to be recreated forever.

The healthy foal, born in Italy in February, is the first clone to be produced from a sterile animal and is only the second horse clone born.

Most male racehorses are castrated while young, making it impossible to breed from them - until the cloning breakthrough.

Both clones were created at the Italian laboratory of Professor Cesare Galli, at Cremona, near Milan. The first, Prometea, a female, was born in 2003 and is now two years old."
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