In another major achievement in the science of animal cloning, National Dairy Research Institute (NDRI) here on Friday announced birth of second female calf to a cloned buffalo.
The female calf named ‘Karishma’ was born to ‘Garima’ through natural delivery on December 27.
NDRI director AK Srivastava said at the time of birth ‘Karishma’ weighed 35 kg and the newborn calf was keeping a good health.
Earlier, female buffalo calf ‘Mahima’ was born to ‘Garima’ on January 25, 2013, which was the first calf born to a buffalo produced through a hand-guided technique of cloning, Srivastava said.
He added that ‘Garima’ was born on August 22, 2010, by using embryonic stem cells as donor cell through the hand-guided cloning technique. It was inseminated with frozen-thawed semen of a progeny tested bull of the NDRI on February 27, 2014, which resulted in conception.
‘Garima’ was maintained under standard scientific management system during her gestation.
Srivastava lauded the role of NDRI scientists SK Singla, MS Chauhan, RS Manik, P Palta, Shiv Parsad, SS Lathwal, Anuj Raja, Amol Sahare and Basanti Jyotsana for their role.