Who: Central Institute for Research on Buffaloes
What: Became India’s second centre to produce a cloned buffalo
When: 11 December 2015
Scientists at Central Institute for Research on Buffaloes (CIRB) in Hisar on 10 January 2016 claimed to have successfully produced a cloned buffalo offspring Cirb Gaurav.
CIRB Director Dr. Inderjeet Singh stated that the scientists achieved the success on 11 December 2015.
The scientists achieved the feat under the project titled, Cloning for conservation and multiplication of superior buffalo germplasm.
With this achievement, CIRB became world’s third and India’s second institute to produce cloned buffalo.
About cloned buffalo calf Cirb Gaurav
• This cloned buffalo calf is distinct from the earlier clones produced in India.
• The clone is produced from cells of ventral side of tail of superior bull buffalo. The ventral side of tail is least exposed to sunlight and may have less mutation rate and can be good choice for isolation of donor cells to produce healthy clones.
• The newborn cloned calf is maintaining good health and showing normal activities.
National Dairy Research Institute in Karnal was the first institute to produce a cloned calf in India.