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Haploid embryonic stem cells were created in the UK

Scientists at the university of Cambridge have created haploid embryonic stem cells in mammals for the first time in the world, a development that could give a big boost to genetic research.

Mammals, including humans, are diploid, or cells that have two sets of chromosomes, one is from the father and the other one is from the mother. The diploid, however, is a huge difficulty for genetic research, because scientists have difficulty determining which set of chromosomes determines an animal's particular trait.

Scientists at the university of Cambridge have produced haploid embryonic stem cells from mouse eggs for the first time.

Anton woods, one of the scientists involved in the research, said embryonic stem cells can differentiate into a variety of tissues and organs, so the results mean it is possible to track the long-term effects of a gene on animal traits accurately, which would be a big boost to genetic research.
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