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Vet Clin North Am Equine Pract. 2006 Dec;22(3):857-66.

Equine cloning.

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  • 1Department of Veterinary Physiology and Pharmacology, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 77843-4466, USA.


Equine cloning is now in use as a clinical technique. It is available commercially, and its efficiency seems to be increasing. The foals produced by cloning may differ in some phenotypic and behavioral traits from the original animal but should produce offspring that reflect those that the original donor animal would have produced. This is especially true in the case of male animals, where the mitochondrial DNA is not passed to the progeny. Results of pregnancies due in 2006 should add significantly to our understanding of the factors affecting production of viable cloned foals and of the similarities and differences among cloned foals and between these foals and the donor animals.

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