Monday, May 21, 2012

RESEARCH NEWS: Artificial Insemination With Trophy Buck Sperm

Researchers at LSU are trying to breed a trophy buck.
For the first time, Louisiana researchers say they have impregnated six female deer with sperm harvested from an already-dead champion buck – this one shot some 600 miles away in Illinois. Louisiana State University AgCenter scientists say that the new process could be the key to preserving the eons-old genetic material of a variety of animals actively hunted in the wild – animals that would otherwise be lost.
Trophy bucks--male deer with large multi-spiked antlers--reflect four factors: genetics, environment (including diet), a genetic by environment interaction, and age. It is not clear to what extent genetics alone were responsible for the condition of the trophy buck shot on a private hunting preserve. Source: Fox News