A research team from the National University of Singapore announced this week that they have created the world’s first semi-cloned fish – a female medaka fish named Holly.

Holly is the result of so called semi-cloning; an approach that leads to the formation of a new and unpredictable combination of genetic traits from both parents, similar to normal fertilization.

The research team also announced that Holly has produced normal offspring that carry a genetic marker also found in her and her parents. According to the team, this indicates that the new technique retains genetic stability.

Holly may aid researchers working with reproductive medicine and technology to find new ways of helping people with infertility problems.

The findings will be published in the October 16 issue of Science Journal.