How Do Cloned Animals Contribute to the Gene Pool?

Posted by on Monday, July 24th, 2017 in General

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A common argument against cloning is that it will not contribute to the gene pool.  So for the sake of argument, let’s take a look at two ways cloned animals do contribute to the gene pool.

Scenario #1 – You have a young sire or dam that is a rock-star from birth.  Perhaps they are in the top 1% of your breed of choice genomically, or maybe they are a pedigree outlier or maybe they are the last of great, or rare lineage.  Whatever the case, you begin to visualize the influence this rock-star will have on your herd, and the breed as a whole…and it is significant.  You know the rock-star will contribute greatly to diversity in your herd, and breed. You cannot wait to collect and sell semen (in the case of a male), or embryos (in the case of a female) and ultimately get some great babies on the ground.  And you plan for the terrific revenue stream that will be created through the long life of this individual.  You can imagine how this individual will be the cornerstone of your program and put you on the map.

Suddenly, without warning, you arrive to do chores in the morning and the rock-star is dead.  You are stunned…you had no warning, no chance to make plans, no opportunity to collect semen or embryos, no babies on the ground….he/she is simply gone and with him/her your dreams have gone up in smoke.  Or have they?  Previously, there was no alternative for the rescue of genetics after the death event until ViaGen changed that paradigm.  Today, you can harvest tissue from the animal after the death event and send it to the ViaGen lab (same day) for culture.  ViaGen will produce a Genetic Preservation or cell line, with living cells that are genetically identical to the rockstar.  These cells can be used to produce genetic twins, or clones, to the rock-star within the same calendar year.  Cloned animals are simply identical twins, just born at a later place in time.  And just like that, the dream stays alive!  You can utilize the genetic twins to produce semen or embryos and offspring.  The influence of the rock-star will live on and be significant in your herd and your breed after all.  The dream did not have to die with the animal.  ViaGen will help you make the contribution of that genotype significant for years to come, instead of lost forever.

Scenario #2 – My, oh my!  You have a great male or female, and you are just gaining momentum after their first crop of offspring has hit the ground.  The offspring are bringing record prices and are true outliers to everything else that is out there.  Then suddenly disaster hits, and the male is injured in a breeding accident, never able to breed again, or the female had to have a C section at the birth of her first natural baby and scar tissue will prevent her from ever producing embryos in ET or IVF.  Or they present with a disease that will be debilitating, and you know this will ultimately end their life early.

Is the “golden goose” done? Even though they are still alive, they cannot contribute to the gene pool any more.  Or can they?  After harvesting tissue on the afflicted male or female, ViaGen will produce a Genetic Preservation or cell line for you.  This will ultimately allow you to use the ViaGen cloning services to produce genetic twins or cloned animals… utilizing the cells from the genetic donor or original animal.  Because events that occur after the birth event of an animal are basically a “do over” in cloned animals, the babies will not have a broken leg, or a scarred uterus, or a disease acquired after the birth event.  A castrated male that is sterile, will be born as an intact cloned male since the castration was performed after the birth event.  And just like that, the dream stays alive!  You will be able to utilize genetic twins to produce semen, embryos and offspring and most importantly, continue the revenue stream.  ViaGen will help you make the contribution of that great individual significant for years to come, instead of lost forever.

For more information on ViaGen, and their preservation and cloning services, call 1-888-8ViaGen or view their website at www.viagen.com.

-Diane

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