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LAB'S SECOND HORSE CLONE IS SCION OF CHAMPION

Italian scientists have reported cloning a horse for the second time, a new foal created from the DNA of a thoroughbred Arabian gelding that was twice world endurance champion.

Pieraz-Cryozootech-Stallion was born Feb. 25 and was pronounced "in excellent health" in a statement from scientists at the Laboratory of Reproductive Technology in the northern Italian city of Cremona.

The young stallion was cloned from Pieraz, retired to a stable in the United States after winning world endurance championships in 1994 and 1996.

The laboratory said the birth was a breakthrough in that it allowed the preservation of genetic lines of champion thoroughbred geldings by creating exact copies that are able to breed. Geldings cannot breed because they are castrated.

Pieraz-Cryozootech is the second horse cloned at the lab in Cremona. The first, Promotea, was born in May 2003.

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