Cloning Alpacas Is Latest Goal for Oldest College in the Americas

Latin American Herald Tribune   
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LIMA – After opening the world’s first alpaca cloning laboratory, Lima’s San Marcos University – the oldest college in the Americas – is making strides in alpaca embryo manipulation.

Mimicking the process that results in the birth of human identical twins – which develop from only one zygote – the project aims to manipulate a mature alpaca embryo to cause it to split in two.

“We are trying to emulate the natural process that produces human twins under normal conditions,” biologist, professor and science team leader Martha Valdivia told EFE.

Justified by the importance alpacas have in Peru’s economy – their fine wool being one of the country’s flagship products – the project has been 20 years in the making and is making strides in alpaca cloning.

Highly specialized cloning research has been possible here since 2017, when the project was awarded the federal funds needed to develop a complex reproductive biotechnology unit at the San Marcos Biological Sciences department, which opened this past April.

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