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1 March 2002 Preservation of the Wild European Mouflon: The First Example of Genetic Management Using a Complete Program of Reproductive Biotechnologies
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Although the potential use of reproductive biotechnologies for safeguarding endangered wildlife species is undoubted, practical efforts have met with limited success to date. In those instances in which modern technologies have been adapted to rescuing rare or endangered species, procedures have been applied piecemeal, and no consistent breeding program based on reproductive biotechnologies has been undertaken. Here we describe for the first time the rescue of an endangered species, the European mouflon (Ovis orientalis musimon), by the application of an integrated package of reproductive biotechnologies. This genetic management extended from the initial collection of gametes, through the in vitro production of embryos and interspecific transfer, to the birth of healthy mouflon offspring. In addition, a genetic resource bank for the European mouflon was established, with cryopreserved sperm, embryos, and somatic cells.

Grazyna Ptak, Michael Clinton, Barbara Barboni, Marco Muzzeddu, Pietro Cappai, Marian Tischner, and Pasqualino Loi "Preservation of the Wild European Mouflon: The First Example of Genetic Management Using a Complete Program of Reproductive Biotechnologies," Biology of Reproduction 66(3), 796-801, (1 March 2002). https://doi.org/10.1095/biolreprod66.3.796
Received: 2 July 2001; Accepted: 1 October 2001; Published: 1 March 2002
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