Infigen Inc., a privately held biotechnology company, announced on July 30 the birth of "Pickles," the first lamb to be cloned in North America.
Infigen used newly developed proprietary procedures to produce five embryos from 25 enucleated eggs. These embryos were transferred into two recipient ewes, resulting in the birth of Pickles following a normal gestation period. The adult cell was produced using cells taken from a 10-year-old adult ewe.
There were no complications during the July 22 birth, and Pickles is in excellent health.
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