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The Department of Agricultural Sciences has made headlines and history for its PrimeOne cloning project. The department partnered with Viagen Inc. and local scientists to take genetic material from a Prime 1 Yield Grade 1 beef carcass and create cloned calves. A bull calf, Alpha, and three heifers, Gamma, were born in 2012. Now in phase two of the research, the offspring of the clones are born. The nine bull calves and four heifer calves are the first offspring to be born of cloned parents of any species. In the future, the offspring of the clones will be harvested and their carcasses will be evaluated in hopes of improving the production of Prime 1 Yield Grade 1 beef.

The project is a culmination of the efforts of multiple faculty at WTAMU. Dr. Ty Lawrence, professor of animal science, Dr. John Richeson, assistant professor of animal science, Dr. David Lust, associate professor of animal science, and Landon Canterbury and Kelly Jones, WTAMU graduate students, make up the WTAMU team. Dr. Gregg Veneklasen, Jason Abraham, and Todd Stroud, and Viagen Inc., provided knowledge and experience during the cloning process.

 

PrimeOne Cloning Project in the news:

WTAMU

WTAMU Marks Historic Scientific Accomplishment with Clones Calves

Calves Mark Second Phase of WTAMU Cloning Project

Amarillo Globe News

Clones Getting Ready for Prime Time

West Texas A&M Beef Cloning Enters New Phase

Canyon Team Makes Cattle Cloning History

National Geographic

Cloning Cows from Steak

Beef Magazine

Will Crossing Two Clones from Prime, YG1 Carcasses Produce Similar Offspring?

Progressive Cattleman

West Texas A&M University Project Clones YG1 Carcass

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