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It's believed to be the first success of its kind...the first cloned horse in North America. Paris Texas is a 6-week old bay-colored foal...born March 13, 2005.
Texas A&M Researchers at the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at Texas A&M University cloned the horse from the adult skin cells biopsied from its genetic donor by French collaborating partner Cryozootech.
Paris Texas is the second cloned horse of Cryozootech's horse champions cell collection.
Katrin Hinrichs is the lead scientist on this project and says this could open doors to so much. Breeding horses would be an option.
"You take a skin biopsy from that mare -- use that to produce a cloned embryo, transfer it and have a filly born -- now their filly will have the same foal the original mare would of produced." says Hinrichs.
Texas A & M is the first academic institution in the world to have cloned six different species. The college previously cloned cattle, goats, pigs, a deer and a cat. But even though all of the pieces have been correctly assembled, the final puzzle of Paris is yet to been seen.
"The health of the placenta, when he was in the uterus, the size of the uterus, how much milk the mare produces--all the training and nutrition he gets. All of those things influence how he's gonna develop as an adult. So we can't say he'll make a good competitor as an adult, but we can say is he will produce foals that would be the same genetics as the original horse." says Hinrichs.
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