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China Has Successfully Cloned The World’s First Arctic Wolf, Maya, And Unveiled Her To The World

Scientists in China have successfully cloned the world's first arctic wolf, Maya, and unveiled her to the world on Monday Sep. 26.

Scientists in China have successfully cloned the world’s first arctic wolf, Maya, and unveiled her to the world on Monday Sep. 26.

Maya was part of a cloning project that started in 2020 by the Beijing-based company Sinogene Biotechnology in collaboration with the theme park Harbin Polarland.

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HARBIN, CHINA – SEPTEMBER 28: The world’s first cloned arctic wolf named Maya and its surrogate mother, a beagle, are seen at Harbin Polarland on September 28, 2022 in Harbin, Heilongjiang Province of China. (Photo by Sun Hanlun/China News Service via Getty Images)

“After two years of painstaking efforts, the arctic wolf was cloned successfully. It is the first case of its kind in the world,” the general manager of Sinogene said, according to the BBC.

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HARBIN, CHINA – SEPTEMBER 28: The world’s first cloned arctic wolf named Maya and its surrogate mother, a beagle, are seen at Harbin Polarland on September 28, 2022 in Harbin, Heilongjiang Province of China. (Photo by Sun Hanlun/China News Service via Getty Images)

Maya was born using the same technology that helped cloned Dolly the Sheep, the first successfully cloned animal, in the 1990s.

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HARBIN, CHINA – SEPTEMBER 28: The world’s first cloned arctic wolf named Maya and its surrogate mother, a beagle, are seen at Harbin Polarland on September 28, 2022 in Harbin, Heilongjiang Province of China. (Photo by Sun Hanlun/China News Service via Getty Images)

85 embryos were placed in the uteri of seven beagles, and Maya’s was the only embryo that survived the process, according to Chinese media.

She was born on June 10 and shown to the world almost 100 days later.

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HARBIN, CHINA – SEPTEMBER 28: The world’s first cloned arctic wolf named Maya and its surrogate mother, a beagle, are seen at Harbin Polarland on September 28, 2022 in Harbin, Heilongjiang Province of China. (Photo by Sun Hanlun/China News Service via Getty Images)

Maya is still living with her mother, the beagle but will be moved to the theme park later on.

Another arctic wolf is expected soon.

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HARBIN, CHINA – SEPTEMBER 28: The world’s first cloned arctic wolf named Maya is seen at Harbin Polarland on September 28, 2022 in Harbin, Heilongjiang Province of China. (Photo by Sun Hanlun/China News Service via Getty Images)

Animal organizations in China hope that the project can help lead conservation efforts and protect wildlife.

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