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23rd September 2011

Chinese ‘hero’ pig cloned

Scientists in China have successfully cloned a pig who was dubbed a hero after surviving an eathquake

Scientists in China have successfully cloned a pig who was dubbed a hero after surviving for more than a month under a heap of rubble following an earthquake in 2008.

6 identical piglets have been produced using the DNA of the brave pig, who is known as Zhu Jiangqiang, or “Strong-Willed Pig”, in China.

Zhu became famous after surviving the 8.0 magnitude quake that killed more than 90,000 people in Sichuan province 3 years ago.

“The wonderful pig surprised us again,” said Du Yutao, the head of the cloning project, when speaking to the Sunday Morning Post.

The piglets, will be paired off and sent to a museum and a genetics institute.

Joe Sandler Clarke

Joe Sandler Clarke

Joe Sandler Clarke is the head of student media at the University of Manchester. He was longlisted for Amnesty International’s Student Human Rights Reporter of the Year in 2012. He was a News Editor at The Mancunion in the year 2011-12

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