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Greatest Racehorse to be Cloned

May 2014 by Sophie Barrington, Assistant Editor, Horses and People Magazine

Researchers at the University of London’s Department of Veterinary Embryology have successfully created viable fibroblasts using genetic material from history’s greatest racehorse, Eclipse - an 18th Century Thoroughbred who won 18 races. Using the genetic material in tail hair, which had been woven into the tassel of ‘The Whip’, the prize of the self-named race, marks the first successful step towards a live clone.