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In animal cloning, an ovum is collected by an animal and processed to form an embryo after fusion, which is going to be inserted to a surrogate mother. So my question is that why can't the embryo be inserted the animal that gives the ovum as they are both maternal?

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  • $\begingroup$ Seems trivially obvious, doesn't it? Presumably the goal of cloning would be to produce many identical copies of the cloned individual, therefore you need many surrogate mothers. $\endgroup$ – jamesqf Jul 3 at 16:31
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It would make the result at least a little ambiguous. How would you establish with high confidence that the offspring was the results of your implanted cloned ovum and not a naturally fertilized one? DNA testing would have to be quite extensive to establish that offspring was a clone and not the result of an ordinary pregnancy. If you use a surrogate mother, the offspring will have DNA quite distinct from the surrogate.

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