In what is a first for the United States, the first litter of puppies conceived through in vitro fertilization were born at Cornell University, in Ithaca, NY.
A breakthrough in dog breeding, which was decades in the making, has lead to some calling it the “most adorable scientific breakthrough of all time.” A healthy mother-Beagle was transferred 19 embryos at Cornell University, from a Cocker Spaniel, and gave birth to 7 healthy puppies in July. The announcement for the birth took place on Wednesday, which gave the puppies a few months to mature.
The goal of the procedure was to explore the possibilities of IVF breeding, preventing diseases through gene editing, as well as maintaining populations for species at risk of extinction. With the success of this experiment, researchers are hoping it opens doors for the breeding of other animals as well.
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