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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 148  |  Issue : 7  |  Page : 120-124

Cloning of breeding buffalo bulls in India: Initiatives & challenges


Division of Animal Physiology & Reproduction, ICAR-Central Institute for Research on Buffaloes, Hisar, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr Naresh L Selokar
Division of Animal Physiology & Reproduction, ICAR-Central Institute for Research on Buffaloes, Hisar 125 001, Haryana
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/ijmr.IJMR_2103_17

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The term animal cloning refers to an asexual mean of reproduction to produce genetically identical copies of any animal without the use of sperm. In India, the cloning of buffalo is well established and clones of the Murrah, the best dairy breed of buffalo, have been produced. The most acclaimed example is the restoration of progeny-tested breeding bull by isolating somatic cells from frozen doses of semen, which were stored for more than a decade in the semen bank. Buffalo bull cloning is considered the best available option to reproduce declared proven bulls and their semen would contribute to accomplishing the demand of ever-growing frozen semen, which is the prime requirement of conventional breeding. This article highlights the importance of buffalo bull cloning and its current status in India.


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