World’s first in vitro bison calves born at the University of Saskatchewan

SASKATOON - Veterinary researchers at the University of Saskatchewan (U of S) have successfully produced four bison calves using in vitro fertilization—a world first.

Media are invited to a field tour on Thursday, July 21, to meet the bison calves on pasture at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine’s (WCVM) Native Hoofstock Centre.

In early July, four wood bison cows gave birth to the calves that were derived after transfer of embryos produced by in vitro fertilization. This achievement is the culmination of nearly a decade of work by U of S scientists who are attempting to save the threatened species.

Between 7,000 and 9,000 wood bison remain in the wild—less than five per cent of their original numbers. Scientists hope that this reproductive breakthrough will help retain genetic diversity and eventually rebuild the depleted wild herds.

Thursday, July 21

10 am
Meet at WCVM Goodale Research Farm

10:05 am to 11 am
Field tour of bison pasture
WCVM researchers will transport media to pasture in authorized vehicles

11:15 am
Return to WCVM Goodale Research Farm

The WCVM Goodale Research Farm is located approximately 20 kilometres southeast of Saskatoon. Please contact Jeanette Stewart to RSVP for the field tour and for specific directions.

 For more information, please contact:

Jeanette Stewart, Communications Co-ordinator
Western College of Veterinary Medicine, U of S

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