GLOBAL ONE NEWS — Chinese scientists have cloned monkeys from a genetically altered macaque in an experiment they claimed could help future research on human psychological problems.

Authors of the study from the Institute of Neuroscience at the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Shanghai recently published their work in a local journal

It said the experiment successfully cloned five macaques from a single macaque genetically edited to have a sleeping disorder.

The cloned macaques, born over the last six months, have reportedly been diagnosed with sleeping disorders like anxiety and depression and behaviors linked to schizophrenia.

Researchers believe it’s now possible to create animals with specific disorders — sparing healthy macaques from experiments worldwide.

Genetic editing has been a hot topic in China after a scientist recently sparked outrage over allegedly altering twin babies’ genes to make them HIV-proof.