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Genetic Linkage

A Cloned Przewalski’s Horse Evokes Memories of the Catskill Game Farm

On August 6, the first cloned Przewalski's horse was born in Texas. Kurt began with a cell nucleus from another of his kind frozen 40 years ago at the San Diego Zoo, and a surrogate run-of-the-mill domestic horse mother.

The cloning is a project of San Diego Zoo Global, Revive & Restore, and Viagen Equine.

 

"This new Przewalski's colt was born fully healthy and reproductively normal. He is head butting and kicking, when his space is challenged, and he is demanding milk from his surrogate mother," said Shawn Walker, chief science officer at ViaGen.

 

I was excited at this news, because these last surviving wild horses had made quite a lasting impression on me when I was very young.

 

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