World's first equine clone to compete in race Friday
Idaho Gem, the world's first equine clone
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By Erica Holt, Bay City News Service
July 6, 2006
The world's first equine clone, a mule known as "Idaho Gem,''
will compete Friday in a professional mule race at the Alameda
County Fairgrounds racetrack, according to fair marketing manager
A team of scientists from the University of Idaho and Utah State
University cloned Idaho Gem from a champion-racing mule in 2003
and has cloned two more since.
Idaho Gem finished in third place at the Humboldt Futurity mule
race on June 4 and his success at the San Joaquin Fair in Stockton
on June 21 landed him the fourth-fastest spot on the 2006 racing
mule circuit, according to Mitchell.
Other animals that have been cloned include cattle, pigs, sheep,
mice and cats.
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