University of Georgia unveils technique to improve success rate of cattle cloning

public in general."

Established breeding programs lead to the genetic traits farmers want, such as consistent meat and better breeding and nurturing characteristics, Stice said. Cloning allows a way to more easily duplicate those traits. But there are still improvements to be made. "The next step is to take it further and make additional jumps in pregnancy rates," Stice said.

The UGA calves were cloned using technology developed in collaboration between the UGA animal and dairy science department and Athens-based Prolinia, Inc. The technology will be patented by UGA and licensed by Prolinia. The company is not only developing its own cloning technology but is also combining and cooperating with other companies to further develop the cloning process, said Prolinia president Mike Wanner.

One of the eight calves was cloned using a combination of the technology in Athens with technology developed by Geron, the company that produced Dolly the sheep, Wanner said.

"This is a fantastic breakthrough," said Benyshek. "It's right in line with many breakthroughs in animal biotechnology. We'll have to become more efficient so there is more product to meet demand without harming the environment and to allow us to produce more on a smaller quantity of land. This research is certainly a step in that direction."


Contact: Chuck Toney
University of Georgia

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