First There Was Dolly: Lessons Learned from Animal Cloning
In 2003, Utah State University received worldwide recognition when three mule foals were cloned as the world’s first live offspring in the equine family that were produced by nuclear transfer. The equine specie was thought to be difficult to work with because of the developmental hurdles they present. Since the birth of Gem, Pioneer, and Star, Utah State University scientists have been investigating other important applications of this technology that could enhance animal agriculture, establish models for human disease conditions, and study how genes are turned on and off during early development. Utah State University is now recognized as a world leader in this area of research. White’s presentation will help explain how this research can improve the future quality of animal agriculture and human health.
Kenneth L. White
Professor and Head,
Dr. Kenneth L.White received his B.S. degree from Brigham Young University and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California—Davis. He is currently head of the Animal, Dairy and Veterinary Sciences Department, as well as interim director of the Center for Integrated BioSystems at Utah State University. He has authored or co-authored over 100 scientific papers and six book chapters in the area of embryo and developmental biology and serves on the editorial boards of Molecular Reproduction and Development, Journal of Biomedicine and Biotechnology, and Cloning and Stem Cells. He directed and conducted work in collaboration with University of Idaho scientists to produce the first live equine foals (three) using somatic cell nuclear transfer. In 2004, he received the Best of State Statue (BOSS) in Agriculture in recognition of his work in cloning. White was also named the College of Agriculture 2006 Researcher of the Year and 2007 Undergraduate Research Mentor of the Year. He is one of the lead scientists in the recently created Veterinary Diagnostic and Infectious Disease (VDID) USTAR program at USU.