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First Ever Cloned Male Buffalo Calf Born at NDRI

The world’s first ever cloned male buffalo calf named Shrestha was born on 26 August 2010 at the National Dairy Research Institute (NDRI). The calf was born through hand- guided cloning technique.

Nov 26, 2010 10:50 IST
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The world’s first ever cloned male buffalo calf named Shrestha was born on 26 August 2010 at the National Dairy Research Institute (NDRI). The calf was born through hand- guided cloning technique. This calf is different from other clones. Unlike other clones the calf was born through normal delivery, while the previous two cloned births were through caesarean section. The calf was cloned from the ear somatic cell of a two week old buffalo calf, while in other clones foetus cells and embryonic stem cell were used. The embryo of the cloned calf was kept at the temperature of -196 degree Celsius for a week in liquid nitrogen before coming to life on room temperature. The hand-guided cloning technique used and developed at NDRI is an improved variation of the conventional cloning technique.
•    Prior to this, NDRI had developed the world’s second cloned buffalo calf which was named Garima-II.
•    NDRI had produced the first cloned buffalo calf on 6 February 2009 and another buffalo calf on 6 June 2009.

The headquarters of NDRI are at Karnal(Haryana).NDRI is an autonomous Organisation under the Department of Agricultural Research and Education, Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India.

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