The production of pig preimplantation embryos in vitro: current progress and future prospects

Fowler, K., Mandawala, A., Griffin, D., Walling, G. and Harvey, S.C. (2018) The production of pig preimplantation embryos in vitro: current progress and future prospects. Reproductive Biology, 18 (3). pp. 203-211. ISSN 1642-431X.

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Abstract

Human assisted reproductive technology procedures are routinely performed in clinics globally, and some of these approaches are now common in other mammals such as cattle. This is currently not the case in pigs. Given that the global population is expected to increase by over two billion people between now and 2050, the demand for meat will also undoubtedly increase. With this in mind, a more sustainable way to produce livestock; increasing productivity and implementing methods that will lead to faster genetic selection, is imperative.

The establishment of routine and production scale pig embryo in vitro production could be a solution to this problem. Producers would be able to increase the overall number of offspring born, animal transportation would be more straightforward and in vitro produced embryos could be produced from the gametes of selected elite.

Here we review the most recent developments in pig embryology, outline the current barriers and key challenges that exist, and outline research priorities to surmount these difficulties.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Q Science > QH Natural history > QH0301 Biology (General)
Q Science > QH Natural history > QH0301 Biology (General) > QH0471 Reproduction
Divisions: Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences > School of Human and Life Sciences
Depositing User: Katie Fowler
Date Deposited: 04 Jul 2018 14:03
Last Modified: 18 Sep 2018 08:45
URI: https://create.canterbury.ac.uk/id/eprint/17436

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