Vietnam successfully clones pigs using ear tissue


Big success: The first pig born in Vietnam thanks to the application of somatic cell nuclear transfer technology. — Vietnam News/ANN

Scientists have for the first time successfully cloned pigs using the somatic cells of ear tissue.

Four healthy pigs were born on March 10 using somatic cell nuclear transfer technology.

Visiting the National Institute of Animal Sciences on Sunday, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Nguyen Xuan Cuong said this was an important breakthrough for the animal cloning sector of Vietnam, proving the role of the country’s science and technology in the region and the world.

The institute launched the project to study the cloning of pigs by somatic cell nuclear transfer technology in July 2017.

Head of the institute Dr Pham Cong Thieu said although the facilities and equipment were limited, Vietnamese scientists have strived to study and apply animal cloning technology.

This outstanding achievement has opened up new research opportunities to apply animal cloning technology in breeding, preserving rare and valuable animals as well as creating livestock resistant to diseases and the impacts of climate change.

It could also help to create cloned pigs for organ transplants in the future, he said.

Somatic cell nuclear transfer technology was successfully carried out for the first time in 1996 in the UK, where scientists created Dolly the sheep.

Minister Cuong praised the efforts of the researchers of the institute for cloning the pigs, which make up a high proportion of Vietnamese food.

“Vietnamese scientists have been creative and determined to apply world achievements to develop Vietnam’s own achievements in the context of limited equipment and facilities, ” he said.

He asked the institute to review the process to strengthen the results and continue to study and uphold this technology to preserve native animals and develop livestock as part of the husbandry strategy. — Vietnam News/ANN

Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 46
Cxense type: free
User access status: 3
   

Next In Aseanplus News

Australia takes wine dispute with China to World Trade Organisation (WTO)
Racist episodes sparks soul-searching in Singapore: ‘Why is this still happening?’
China: Setting up Wi-Fi, unboxing deliveries – Taikonauts busy 'housewarming' on their 1st day in space
China: Xi stresses drawing strength from CPC history to forge ahead
After user exodus, WhatsApp promises new privacy features
CPO futures to see profit-taking activities next week
India mourns as one of its greatest sportsman - 'Flying Sikh' Milkha Singh, dies of Covid-19 aged 91
China’s zero-tolerance approach helped control Covid-19, but is it time for an exit strategy?
China must consider environmental effect and economic fragility for belt and road projects, study says
Biden and Putin call Geneva talks ‘positive’, ‘constructive’, but differences emerged over how much they will cooperate

Stories You'll Enjoy


Vouchers