WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- It had to happen. Scientists have finally cloned a rat.
A team of researchers at the Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique in Jouy en Josas, France, and a company called GenOway said on Thursday they had cloned the favored laboratory animal for many researchers, and hope the technology will provide better animals for future research.
Appropriate, the French clone a rat
Exceptionally appropriate, since one of the pioneers of microbiology, Louis Pasteur, was French. In fact, wasn't the person who isolated the HIV also french? And cloning a mammal is a major accomplishment. Of course,this doesn't do much for your propensity to French-bash, does it?
P.S. : I don't think this could have been done in the US, with the Bush admin's rather stupid prohibitions on cloning research, inspired by the same people who have said things like: "If English was good enough for Jesus, it is good enough for me. "