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Iran Expects Birth of Cloned Sheep in Feb

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posted on Dec, 21 2005 @ 07:55 PM
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In less than two months, Iran hopes to celebrate the birth of cloned sheep, the first such attempt in the Middle East and part of the country's ambitions _ along with its nuclear and space programs _ to become a regional high-tech powerhouse.

The cloning program has won backing from Iran's Muslim Shiite religious leaders, who have issued religious decrees authorizing animal cloning but banning human reproductive cloning. A majority of Iran's nearly 70 million people are Shiites.

In contrast, Sunni Muslim religious leaders _ including senior clerics in Saudi Arabia _ have banned cloning altogether, even in animals.

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Our final aim of animal cloning is to create ground for new research in the country and prepare Iran scientifically to carry out cloning treatment _ provided global agreements are reached," Ashtiani said.

Under a 20-year development plan, Iran aims to become a base for high technology and a scientific powerhouse in western Asia and a regional dominant power by 2025.

www.cbsnews.com...

It is always great to see developing countries developing rapidly in scientific fields.




posted on Dec, 22 2005 @ 05:10 AM
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i am pro cloning in animals...i am unsure if iran will reach its 2025 goal since i think as things stand now the u.s. or israel may attack them.

brian



 
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