April 7, 2021

 

Scientists in China clone swine to combat African swine fever threat

 
 

Scientists in China have successfully conducted a somatic cell cloning experiment, birthing five swine native to China in a bid to combat the threat of African swine fever (ASF) on swine breeding, China News Service reported.

 

Team researcher Gong Yuqing said the biological breeding technologies are important to protect against ASF threatening our genetic porcine resources.

 

Gong said the research team, based in Taicang City, Jiangsu province, has compiled ear tissue samples from six different types of swine native to China, and cryopreserved 1,217 tubes of somatic cells since 2020.

 

Team member Wu Shenglong said cloning swine using somatic cells can preserve 100% of genetic materials, and that cloning will be able to replicate good native breeding swine in big numbers.

 

- China News Service