Scientists in Dubai claim to have created the world's first cloned camel, it was revealed yesterday.
The six-day-old, one-humped female, named Injaz, is said to be the result of five years' work.
The government-run Camel Reproduction Centre revealed the news yesterday in a press release. It said that Injaz, which means 'achievement' in Arabic, was born on April 8, weighing 30kg, after an uncomplicated gestation of 378 days.
Clone: Injaz is said to be genetically identical to the camel from whom cells were originally taken. The cells were then planted into the egg of a surrogate mother
The calf was created from cells harvested from the ovary of an adult camel. The cells were then planted into the egg of a surrogate mother.
Injaz has been confirmed as genetically identical to the camel the cells were taken from, according to United Arab Emirates newspapers.
Dr Lulu Skidmore, a researcher at the centre, told Gulf News: 'This significant breakthrough gives a means of preserving the valuable genetics of our elite racing and milk producing camels in the future.'
Camels are a valuable commodity in the desert sheikdoms of the Persian Gulf, and are used for racing and transport.
They are produce low-fat milk and can fetch owners millions of dollars at camel beauty contests.
The world's first mammal was cloned thirteen years ago. Dolly the sheep was born in Edinburgh using DNA from an adult cell.
Dolly was put down in 2003, after being diagnosed with lung disease.
Since then, scientists have successfully cloned mice, cows, pigs and dogs.