- Created on Wednesday, 16 June 2010
- Written by Sonny Williams
Dr. Katrin Hinrichs, a Texas A&M University and equine reproduction expert, is noted for achieving the first cloned foal in North America. Hinrich's lab has since produced 12 cloned foals. The newest clone is one called "Mouse," the foal that represents the successful cloning efforts and the latest in equine reproduction science at Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. This is the first foal produced using oocytes, or egg cells, from live mares.
Kit Knotts, the owner of the prized Lippizan stallion, Marc, (Pluto III Marcella), didn't just want another horse; she wanted another Marc, which led her to seek out Hinrichs. Hinrichs notes that though Mouse is an identical twin to Marc, environmental influences will make Mouse as he grows quite different from Marc.
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