After successfully cloning a buffalo calf for the second time in four months, scientists of the National Dairy Research Institute are all set to repeat the experiment on pashmina goat and sheep.
The World Bank will provide money for the project.
Garima, the newborn buffalo calf of Murrah breed, is still under observation. Scientists successfully used the cell of a foetus to clone Garima.
The institute’s first cloned buffalo, a first in the world, was born exactly four months ago on February 6.
It lived only for five days. Cell of a newborn calf was used to clone that calf.
Director AK Shrivastva told Hindustan Times that goat and sheep would be included in the next phase of ambitious cloning experiments.
He denied any proposal to clone cows. Srivastava said his institute was working with Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology to clone pashmina goats.
“Scores of people in the J&K have been associated with pashmina business and any success would immensely help in boosting their trade,” Shrivastva said.