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Efficiency of cloning has remained low and in spite of attempts to improve this technology, many reconstructed embryos do not implant or are lost during early pregnancy. Chromosomal aberrations, deviant gene expression patterns and abnormal regulation of cell death may be involved in this increased early embryonic loss. Here, we investigate the(More)
We have reported relatively efficient methods for somatic cell nuclear transfer and for knocking out the alpha(1,3)-galactosyltransferase (alpha1,3-GT) gene in porcine fetal fibroblasts using a nonisogenic promoterless construct approach. Here we report the production of alpha1,3-GT gene knockout pigs using these procedures. Seven alpha1,3-GT gene knockout(More)
Two media used to mature adult porcine oocytes for somatic cell nuclear transfer were compared. In the first experiment, parthenogenetic embryos were produced using a maturation medium used by us previously to clone pigs (OMM199) and that described by Kühholzer et al. (2001) to transport oocytes overnight (BOMED). There was no difference in maturation rates(More)
Cultural anthropologists have spent a great deal of time and effort analyzing rites of passage among small-scale tribal peoples. They have devoted considerably less effort however to the study of their own principal rite of passage, the experience of fieldwork. In a series of earlier studies (Wengle 1983, 1984, 1986), the author has explored certain(More)
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