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SKUAST-K produces world's first cloned Pashmina kid

chandigarh Updated: Mar 13, 2012 21:35 IST

Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology- Kashmir (SKUAST-K) on Tuesday claimed to have produced the world's first cloned Pashmina kid successfully under a World Bank-funded project.

University officials said here that the breakthrough was achieved by using advanced reproductive techniques by a team of SKUAST scientists headed by Dr Riaz Ahmad Shah, associate professor at the centre for animal biotechnology.

The team of scientists, including Dr Nazir Ahmad Ganai, Dr Hilal Musadiq, Dr Mujeeb Fazili, Dr FD Sheikh, Dr TAS Ganai together with Dr Syed Hilal, Maajid Hassan and Firdous Khan as research associates took two years for standardisation of the technique, they said adding that the healthy female kid was born on March 9, 2012 using a foster mother.

Team leader Dr Riaz was a key researcher who in 2009 gave the first cloned buffalo calf Garima to the world using the same handmade cloning technique while doing research at National Dairy Research Institute in Karnal, Haryana.