Reproductive physiology and development of artificial insemination technology in killer whales (Orcinus orca).

  title={Reproductive physiology and development of artificial insemination technology in killer whales (Orcinus orca).},
  author={Todd R. Robeck and Karen J Steinman and Scott A. Gearhart and Tom Reidarson and James F McBain and Steven L. Monfort},
  journal={Biology of reproduction},
  volume={71 2},
Research was conducted to define the basic reproductive physiology of killer whales (Orcinus orca) and to use this knowledge to facilitate the development of artificial insemination procedures. The specific objectives were 1) to determine the excretory dynamics of urinary LH and ovarian steroid metabolites during the estrous cycle; 2) to evaluate the effect of an exogenously administered, synthetic progesterone analog on reproductive hormone excretion; 3) to validate the use of transabdominal… CONTINUE READING
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