The Grand Champion goat at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Austin were sired by the FW clone produced by Capri Gen!
  • Cloning
  • Why Clone Your Goat?
  • Gene Banking
  • Tissue Preservation
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Cloning

Identical twins occur naturally, these individuals have the exact same genetic makeup. It is rare that these superior individuals are born with an identical twin, therefore, using cloning technology as a genetic tool  breeders can create a copy of the original individual to retain those coveted genetics. Cloning technology has a specfic fit within many breeding programs. Cloning, also known as Somatic Cell Nuclear Transfer (SCNT), is quite simply the manual implantation of genes from a donor to reproduce an identical individual. The difference in cloning is that the process is completed asexually. In this process, somatic cells from the donor are introduced to an unfertilized egg of a goat which has had the nucleus removed. At this point a stimuli is applied to initiate the cell to divide normally. The resulting embryos are evaluated for quality and then incubated for several days before being implanted into a recipient female to carry to term.


Involvement from both producers and Scientists is required to
complete the cloning process.

The cloning process:

At left, an egg cell is held in place by suction, as a pipette approaches from the right. At right, the pipette pierces its outer membrane. The egg will be fused with a somatic cell from the donor animal as part of the cloning process.

 

Why Clone Your Goat?

Since the time humans began herding and collecting livestock, man has tried to select and produce livestock with desirable traits. These superior individuals were identified and segregated out to be used as breeding stock. As technology has grown and the need for genetic uniformity along with higher volumes of protein rich food sources have increased, cloning makes more since then ever before. With all species of livestock unforeseen losses seem to occur on a regular basis. A reality those in the goat industry know all to well. Cloning with CapriGen affords you the ability to manage these losses. By adding cloning technology to your breeding program, you also enable yourself to focus on superior caprine genetics and duplicate those elite individuals quicker than with conventional embryo transfer. As techniques improve and these demands increase, cloning will be the next evolution in genetic engineering. Producers can have live healthy cloned goats within as little as 8-10 months from the original sample collection and have the option to genetically preserve their desired animals for many years to come. Cloning offers added benefits to the producer, by providing broader market oppurtunities along with a 100% gender predictability. In this short time, genetically superior animals that a breeder may have spent a lifetime developing, can be copied offering piece of mind.

Gene Banking

Gene banking is simply a process in which live cells from a donor goat are collected, then cultured and stored till needed. This gives the client an opportunity to evaluate superior individuals, who may have been injured or neutered prior to exhibiting superior genetic potential. Simply put, gene banking is genetic insurance. 

  • Order a genetic preservation kit by contacting a CapriGen sales representative at 855-442-5663 or at 1-855-44CLONE.
  • Collect tissue samples from the original animal using the genetic preservation kit
    (you may need your veterinarian to help you with this step).
  • Mail collection sample to the ViaGen laboratory.
    Laboratory Processing
    715 Discovery Blvd., Suite 410
    Cedar Park, Texas 78613

  • Tissue samples are cultured in the ViaGen laboratory, producing millions of viable cell that are identical to the donor animal’s cells.
  • These cells can be cryogenically frozen and stored indefinitely as a genetic preservation, or used immediately to clone the animal.
  • When you decide to clone your animal, the DNA from the stored cell line will be transferred into enucleated oocytes (eggs which have had their genetic material removed).
  • An electric current is passed through the media containing the oocytes to fuse the outer membrane of the donor cell to the inner membrane of the enucleated oocyte (electro fusion). This forms fused couplets.
  • The fused couplets are incubated for several days to form embryos.
  • Embryos are then transferred into recipient does, to complete the gestation period.
  • Healthy cloned kids are delivered to the client 60 days after birth. These goats will be DNA tested before delivery and examined by a veterinarian.

CaprSav

The gene culture process is available for $1600.00. Annual storage fee of $150.00 per goat. Kits are available upon request at 1-855-44CLONE.

Tissue preservation Post Mortum

Sometimes a superior goat dies and you find yourself unprepared. You can still save the tissue.  If the goat has not been dead more than ten hours these instructions can be followed to successfully collect the tissue.  Call CapriGen to order a collection kit ASAP.

Materials needed to collect tissue:

  • Ice packs / Ziplock bag
  • Scalpel
  • Syringe for blood typing- not required.
  • Marker
  • Bubbler wrap or newspaper
  • Alcohol or ethanol                                                                         

Ear tissue collection:

Wash hands before collecting the ear sample, latex gloves are recommended.  Use rubbing alcohol or ethanol, clean scalpel or knife to be used and then cut ear off the deceased goat.  Put the ear in a resealable plastic bag or enclosed container and label.  Information needed as follows:

  • Date of collection
  • Time and date of death
  • ID of animal ie. tattoos, ear tag numbers etc.
  • Put sample in the refrigerator. Never put live tissue in the freezer.
  • Order a genetic preservation kit by contacting a CapriGen sales representative at 855-442-5663 or at 1-855-44CLONE.
  • Collect tissue samples from the original animal using the genetic preservation kit.
  • Mail collection sample to the ViaGen laboratory.
    Laboratory Processing
    715 Discovery Blvd., Suite 410
    Cedar Park, Texas 78613

  • Tissue samples are cultured in the ViaGen laboratory, producing millions of viable cell that are identical to the donor animal’s cells.
  • These cells can be stored indefinitely as genetic preservation, or used immediately to clone the animal.
  • When you decide to clone your animal, the DNA from the stored cell line will be transferred into enucleated oocytes (eggs which have had their genetic material removed).
  • An electric current is passed through the media containing the oocytes to fuse the outer membrane of the donor cell to the inner membrane of the enucleated oocyte (electro fusion). This forms fused couplets.
  • The fused couplets are incubated for several days to form embryos.
  • Embryos are then transferred into recipient does, to complete the gestation period.
  • Healthy cloned kids are delivered to the client 60 days after birth along with the recipient doe.
  • We will deliver kids at 60 days of age. These goats will be DNA tested before delivery and examined by a veterinarian.

Contact Capri Gen

CapriGen now provides caprine cloning to goat producers across North America. To discuss your individual needs and discover the most opportune uses for cloning technology, producers are encouraged to contact a CapriGen sales representative at
855-442-5663
or at 855-44CLONE.

 

Bret Bull, Sales Representative
361-207-9404 • 855-442-5663 (Answering Service)

Reagan Brooks, Embryologist
830-639-4045

Dr. Laird Laurence, DVM, Consulting Vet
830-997-9577

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