18th March 2013, Karnal
One more feather is added to the National Dairy Research Institute, Karnal cap on 18th March, 2013 when a male cloned buffalo calf named 'SWARN' produced through the new and advanced 'Hand-guided Cloning Technique'. The calf was born by normal parturition at 1:25 P.M., and its weight at the time of birth was around 55 kg. The newborn calf is keeping in good health and has started suckling milk.
On this occasion, Dr. A.K. Srivastava, Director and Vice Chancellor of National Dairy Research Institute (NDRI) Deemed University, Karnal congratulated the team of jubilant scientist and said there is an acute shortage of outstanding bulls and this achievement may enable us to decrease the gap between the demand and supply of these bulls in the shortest possible time.
The team of the jubilant scientists namely Dr. S.K. Singla, Dr. M.S. Chauhan, Dr. R.S. Manik, Dr. P. Palta, Dr. Shiv Prasad, Dr. Naresh Selokar and Ms. Monika Saini said that this cloned buffalo calf is unique and different from the earlier clones. In this case, the donor somatic cells used were isolated from the seminal plasma of a bull which is currently being used for donating semen at Animal Breeding Research Centre (ABRC) of NDRI, Karnal. The scientists said this achievement was of particular interest because they expect to re-create highly valuable progeny tested bulls, which have died long back, by using their frozen semen available at ABRC.
(Source: NDRI, Karnal)