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ICAR-CIRB celebrates first birthday of cloned calf, Hisar-Gaurav

 

ICAR -Central Institute for Research on Buffaloes has trumpeted its credentials as India’s second center to produce cloned buffalo calf, Hisar Gaurav on 11 December 2015. Institute celebrates the first birth anniversary of a calf on 11.12.2016.

 

Dr. Inderjeet Singh, Director, said that this success not only brings Institute in limelight but also strengthens our future research direction in the field of animal cloning and we are heading towards the production of more clones from superior animals in coming days.

 

Team leader, Dr. Yadav informed that  at  the age one  year  it  has  a  body  weight of  270 kg. We  have  regularly  recorded its  growth rate, respiration and pulse rate,  studied blood hematology and  biochemistry  profile and chromosomal karyotype. We  also  conducted  various  contagious  disease  and  parasitic  infestation tests at fixed intervals. Its physiological  indices, blood  hematology and biochemistry  profile  are  within normal range. It has also been tested for mandatory contagious disease for breeding bulls and found without any such diseases. It has started to show mounting behavior and expected to start donating semen at 18 months of age. Semen of cloned bull will be thoroughly evaluated for various parameters and compared with its somatic cell donor bull