Improving the Camel

Scientists are breeding camels that are stronger, faster, and able to go longer on less water.

By Emily Sohn, 00:00 AM March 8, 2004

Bikaner, India. The camel I was sitting on seemed calm enough.

When I signed up for a 2-day camel trek during my recent trip to India, I was worried that the camel would spit at me, throw me off its back, or run full speed into the desert as I clutched its neck for dear life.

A camel waiting to set off on a trek across the desert in India.

A camel waiting to set off on a trek across the desert in India.

E. Sohn

I had no idea that such a big, lumpy creature was the product of many years of scientific research, breeding, and training. There are about 19...

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