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REPRODUCTIVE BIOLOGY by Sara Carney & Jessica Scarfuto

A CLONE ABOVE THE REST

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Dr. Charles Long, Dr. Mark Westhusin, and a student in the RSL

For the past 17 years, the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVM) has served as a leader and innovator in cloning, making something that once seemed like science fiction a reality. The efforts of CVM faculty ultimately gave way to successfully cloning two bulls, a cat, and a deer among other animals. Along the way, researchers gained greater understanding of biological processes, such as how certain traits are inherited and practical applications of cloning. Today, the lab has a number of research interests, including early embryonic development, in vitro fertilization, and epigenetics. At the center of the work on cloning at Texas A&M is the Reproductive Sciences Lab

(RSL) Department of Veterinary Physiology & Pharmacology, composed of Dr. Duane Kraemer, Dr. Mark Westhusin, Dr. Charles Long, and Dr. Michael Golding. The lab was originally established in 1975, when Kraemer returned to Texas A&M University. In its early days, the lab focused on embryo transfer. But along the way, the lab was involved in the founding of several companies, including Granada Genetics, the world’s largest embryo transfer company; Genetic Savings and Clone, the first company to be devoted to pet cloning; and Viagen, which commercially cloned horses and livestock and still exists today. Establishing these companies also brought several of the researchers to the lab, such as Long, who

CVM Impact - Fall 2016  
CVM Impact - Fall 2016  

CVM Impact is a special publications from the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVM) that focuses on the resea...