Spain: Genetics Scientists cloned fierce fighting bull, three calfs, one already borned.
AP Photo/I.Lopez - Got, the country's first cloned Spanish fighting bull, is seen hours after being born at a ranch in Melgar de Yuso, northern Spain, on Wednesday, May 19, 2010. A dairy cow has given birth to a calf which should be an exact genetical replica of a ferocious, hefty beast of the type faced in bullrings by matadors.
Scientists in Spain say they have cloned a fighting bull for the first time.
The calf, called Got – or “glass” in Valencian – was born on Tuesday.
Project leader Vicente Torrent, a specialist in veterinary genetics, said he hoped Got would have the same fierce traits as his “father”, Vasito.
He said the scientific landmark opened the way for a “tissue bank” to save critically endangered species from disappearing.
A friesian cow gave birth to Got at a ranch in Palencia province in northen Spain. He weighted 24.7kg (53lb).
Mr Torrent, from the Valencia Veterinary Research Foundation, said it had taken his team three years to find a way to preserve what he called valuable bull genes.
The budget was 28,000 euros (£24,000), he told a news conference.
Got was created using a technique known as nuclear transfer, where DNA from the sire is inserted into cows’ eggs to create embryos, which are then implanted into surrogate females. READ MORE HERE