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Philippines Livestock Sept 16

September 16, 2007
SE Asia’s first cloned buffalo
The Philippines will clone a buffalo, the first of its kind in Southeast Asia. This move has the approval of the governing board of the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCARRD), an agency under the Department of Science and Technology based in Los Baños, Laguna.

The Department of Agriculture’s Philippine Carabao Center (PCC) will implement the project dubbed “Cloning through somatic cell nuclear transfer as a tool for genetic improvement in water buffaloes.” It is jointly funded by PCC and PCARRD.

The department said the project is aimed at developing a system for cloning through somatic cell nuclear transfer technology in water buffalo. “Super buffalo calves” will be produced as part of this genetic improvement program.

Protocols on cloning techniques and freezing buffalo oocytes, or female egg cells, are expected to be established with about 1,300 buffalo clone embryos produced in vitro and transferred to recipient animals. A bank of somatic cells from identified superbuffaloes will also be established for future cloning efforts. Manila Times reports

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