Fourteen giant panda cubs are displayed in a crib at the Chengdu Research Base for Giant Panda Breeding in Chengdu in the Sichuan province of southwest China. The center presented the newborns to announce the breeding progress of giant pandas this year.
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In 2013, 17 of the 20 panda cubs born at the center survived.
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The center was founded in 1987 with six giant pandas rescued from the wild, and today has increased its captive population to more than 83 pandas.
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The Chengdu center is best known for successfully using frozen specimen to breed giant pandas.
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The 14 pandas lie together in the crib.
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Staffers milled around the panda cubs.
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The center is also the first to conduct paternity tests for giant pandas, using DNA fingerprinting and the Microsatellite, or molecular-marking, technique.