Can we receive monozygotic (identical) twins in apes?

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Hello again :oldsmile:

Let’s assume that for some scientific reasons we need to have monozygotic (identical) twins in apes, for example in chimpanzee or bonobo.

So I take egg-cell from female, fertilize it with spermatozoon and receive zygote and it (more precisely morula) later can be implanted in female, an ordinary In vitro fertilization (but in animals) actually.

But before implanting I can cut morula in two (or more) pieces very carefully. Each part now is independent morula, both parts contain only undifferentiated cells and I can implant both of them in female and it will give birth to identical twins, this can be done?

Or perhaps there is another way? Can we give some chemical substance (hormone maybe?) to female ape just after/before female has sex with male ape? Can such substance in principle cause the zygote/morula to divide in two parts/twins? :oldeyes:
 

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