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Another cloned buffalo dies

The second consecutive death of a buffalo calf cloned by the scientists of National Dairy Research Institute (NDRI) has come up has a setback to the science fraternity.

india Updated: May 11, 2009 01:04 IST

The second consecutive death of a buffalo calf cloned by the scientists of National Dairy Research Institute (NDRI) has come up has a setback to the science fraternity.

NDRI authorities have confirmed the death but is silent on the date and cause of the death of the calf.

NDRI had celebrated a grand success on February 6 this year when a team of scientists had successfully cloned the calf of Murrah buffalo. But it died within hours of the birth due to “purely post-birth complicated medical complications”, according to NDRI.

After the death of first clone, the science fraternity was looking ahead to May, the month the second calf was expected. But as the second cloned calf has also failed to survive, it has saddened those associated with the project.

NDRI Registrar Rameshwar Singh has confirmed the death but declined to share any more information. He also refused to confirm if it was a premature birth or the clone had suffered post-birth complications.