India's first cloned Assamese buffalo is born!Congratulations to the scientists of Central Institute for Research on Buffaloes (CIRB)! They have done a great job far away from the limelight of publicity. Director of CIRB, Inderjeet Singh, has announced this to the media. India's first cloned Assamese buffalo was born on 22nd December, 2017!
The CIRB cloning team head PS Yadav has further stated that the cloning team used unique methods and produced this clone calf, named as Sach-Gaurav, on 22nd December, 2017 through a normal delivery. The birth weight of the calf was more than 54 kilograms. The calf was healthy with normal physiological parameters and blood profile. The calf was born to a Murrah buffalo. It was the first to be born in the field, at a distance of 100 kilometers from the cloning laboratory at Hisar.
I still remember the debate and discussion held after the birth of first cloned sheep, Dolly, in the UK. But the independent achievement of Indian veterinary scientists with a shoe-string budget is neglected by all.
I sincerely hope that this significant achievement will help in developing more healthy domestic animals in India capable of producing more milk and meat.