By Diane Broek
Did you know that the first cloned animal was a sheep named Dolly who was born 25 years ago?
Did you know that Trans Ova Genetics had their first cloned calf in 1998?
Did you know that Trans Ova Genetics has been providing genetic preservation and cloning services for ~20 years?
Did you know that Trans Ova Genetics has produced literally thousands of cloned animals over the years?
Did you know that Trans Ova Genetics provides preservation and cloning services to multiple livestock species including cattle, pigs, sheep, and goats?
Did you know that preservation and cloning are some of the tools in the ART (assisted reproductive technology) toolbox?
Did you know there are two choices for preservation? Express Tissue Bank and Genetic Preservation.
Did you know there is a more economical method of preserving DNA? It is called an Express Tissue Bank. We freeze the intact biopsy sample with this option.
Did you know there is a tissue culture cell line option for preserving DNA? It is called Genetic Preservation and is the first step in the cloning process.
Did you know that a Genetic Preservation or ETB is stored in liquid nitrogen, just like your embryos and semen are stored?
Why Farmers and Ranchers Use these Services:
Did you know that through the cloning process, progressive producers can duplicate the animals that contribute the most value in their herds and forward their goals to produce more efficient, healthier animals, and better-quality food products?
Did you know that another example of a cloning application is in the case of an animal lost early in its breeding career due to death or injury; perhaps even before the value of its genetics was fully discovered?
Did you know that cloning technology can also help extend an elite animal’s genetic influence to contribute to the improvement of food animal production, by increasing embryo or semen production through cloned animals?
Did you know that cloning provides a unique opportunity for clients with superior castrated males (steers, geldings, barrows, and wethers) to produce an intact cloned male, for breeding purposes?
Did you know that a cloned animal is just an identical twin born at a later place in time?
Some Particular Things About Cloning That You May Not Know:
Did you know that you can harvest DNA for preservation after the death event?
Did you know that you can produce many cloned animals from a Genetic Preservation or cell line?
Did you know that Trans Ova Genetics Livestock Program cloned animals are not genetically modified?
Did you know that the coat color will be the same as the genetic donor when cloning an animal? The spot pattern may vary.
Did you know that the sex of the cloned calves will always be the same as the genetic donor? The only “variation” will be seen when you clone a castrated male…. the calves will be born as intact males.
Did you know that the word “cloning” is simply a term to describe Somatic Cell Nuclear Transfer (SCNT)?
Did you know that once cells are produced from the tissue sample provided by a genetic donor, they are combined with an enucleated oocyte (unfertile egg with the nucleus removed) and fused together using a process called electrofusion? The resulting embryos are cultured and transferred into recipient mothers within one week, with variation per species.
Did you know that in the cloning process, the animal produced using cloning technology will carry a nuclear genome (DNA) that is a genetic match to the genetic donor animal? In other words, nuclear genotypes (as produced for breed registry DNA genotyping) of the cloned animal will be the same as the genetic donor that provided the tissue sample to produce the cell line or Genetic Preservation.
Did you know that if you are cloning a breed that utilizes genomic evaluations, the genomics of the cloned animal will also be the same as the genetic donor?
Did you know that as with all advanced reproductive technologies, cloning is part of a carefully planned and implemented genetic advancement program, uniquely defined to achieve individual client goals?
Did you know that the offspring of cloned animals are conventionally bred and are not cloned animals themselves?
Did you know that in January 2008, the FDA released their Final Risk Assessment that stated that the products from cloned animals and their offspring are safe, that there is no difference in food produced from cloned animals and their offspring, thus there is no reason to require labeling on all products?
Did you know that for clients that have animals at the elite genetics level and marketing caliber for cloning, Trans Ova Genetics has dedicated their trained, professional team specialists to ensure the best possible care through the entire process?
Did you know that Trans Ova Genetics provides a terrific special for “Cyber Month” during the month of November, by providing a $500 discount on a Genetic Preservation? That is an amazing amount of savings.
Did you know that you can place an order for a Genetic Preservation, Express Tissue Bank, or a Cloning agreement by simply calling 1-800-999-3586 Ext 3104 for Diane Broek or you can talk to your existing Trans Ova Genetics client service representative?
Advanced Technology Sales and Production Manager
For more information on cloning, visit our livestock cloning page or past cloning blog posts.