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Asian-Australas J Anim Sci > Volume 13(6); 2000 > Article
Review Paper
Asian-Australasian Journal of Animal Sciences 2000;13(6): 856-860.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.5713/ajas.2000.856    Published online June 1, 2000.
Improvements in Nuclear Transfer Procedures will Increase Commercial Utilization of Animal Cloning - Review -
S. L. Stice, J. Gibbons, S. J. Rzucidlo, C. A. Baile
Abstract
Cloning technology continues to capture widespread attention by the international news media and biomedical and agricultural industries. The future uses of this technology could potentially contribute to major advances in biomedical and agricultural sciences. Cloned transgenic dairy cattle possessing milk promoters directing transgenes will produce pharmaceutical proteins in their milk faster, more efficiently and less expensively than transgenic cattle created using microinjection techniques. Additionally, cloned transgenic fetuses and animals may become a source of cells, tissue and organs for xenotransplantation. Lastly, but maybe most importantly, enhanced production traits and disease resistance may be realized in animal agriculture by utilizing these new technologies. The recent advances in the cattle cloning technology are important but there are still major obstacles preventing widespread commercial use of this technology. The type of donor nucleus, recipient cytoplasm, and cloning procedures used will impact the potential number of clones produced and the uses of the technology. In addition, the new advances in cloning methodology have not improved the relatively low pregnancy rates or reduced the incidence of health problems observed in cloned offspring. These problems may require novel techniques to decipher their cause and new methods of preventing and/or diagnosing them in the preimplantation embryo. The commercial potential is enormous for cloning technology; however, little has been done to improve the efficiencies of the procedure. Improving procedural efficiencies is a critical developmental milestone especially for potential uses of cloning technology in animal agriculture.
Keywords: Nuclear Transfer; Embryo; Bovine; Porcine; Oocyte


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