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Ludhiana girl part of UK research team

Ludhiana's Sanya Aggarwal has made the country proud by being part of a global team involved in a groundbreaking research in the UK. The young research scientist was a crucial member of a team of world experts that has successfully inseminated the UK's only female giant panda through artificial means. The research was carried out at Edinburgh Zoo. The research was supported by the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, the conservation charity that owns and manages Edinburgh Zoo, and was part of a global panda conservation effort.

punjab Updated: May 02, 2013 00:53 IST
Swati Goel Sharma

City's Sanya Aggarwal has made the country proud by being part of a global team involved in a groundbreaking research in the UK.


The young research scientist was a crucial member of a team of world experts that has successfully inseminated the UK's only female giant panda through artificial means. The research was carried out at Edinburgh Zoo.

The research was supported by the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, the conservation charity that owns and manages Edinburgh Zoo, and was part of a global panda conservation effort.

Sanya, 23, broke the news to the family a couple of days ago to announce her achievement. Currently in Edinburgh, Sanya is due to visit the family in June.

Her visibly excited parents, Rajesh Aggarwal and Rekha Aggarwal, told the Hindustan Times on Wednesday, "She seemed elated, but very tired on the night she called us to tell all about it, including her interviews with BBC and other global media."

The couple runs an infrastructure and construction company in the city. Sanya's younger brother Sharav is pursuing Bachelors in business from Delhi.

The family describes Sanya as an "exceptionally brilliant" student academically. Sanya completed her schooling from GD Goenka Public School, New Delhi, and pursued her Bachelors in biotechnology from Chandigarh's Goswami Ganesh Dutta Sanatan Dharma (GGDSD) College. This was after the family shifted base from Delhi to Ludhiana.

Post this, Sanya got admission into the University of Glasgow for her post-graduation. She has been a researcher with the university for six months now.

The parents said, "Nobody in the family has studied science except her. She had no one to look up to or take guidance from. She makes us proud," said Rajesh.

The research
The research involved operation on Tian Tian, the UK's only female giant panda, after scientists decided that she was exhibiting signs that were not conducive to mating, according to a press release issued by Edinburgh Zoo.

This even as her prospective mate, Yang Guang, was showing consistently encouraging behaviour. The operation was carried out on April 21.

Confirmations of whether the operation worked and Tian Tian is pregnant will come in mid-July after an ultrasound scan.

Tian Tian and Yang Guang had arrived in the zoo from China in December 2011.