The scientists at Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology (SKUAST), in Jammu and Kashmir province of India, have successfully cloned the first Pashmina goat (Yes the Pashmina wool, which is used to make woolen clothing doesn’t come from a sheep, but comes from a goat). This is the first globally.
The healthy female kid (goat’s offspring is called a kid), named ‘Noorie’, was born on Friday using a foster mother. According to Director Research of SKUAST Shafiq A Wani, it took two years for standardisation of the technique; with Faculty of Veterinary Sciences and Animal Husbandry under the leadership of Associate Professor, Centre of Animal Biotechnology, Riaz Ahmad Shah, playing the key role.
The scientists are hopeful that the breakthrough would open up new paths in strategic and applied research which includes multiplication of elite animals of desired sex and stem cell technology for regenerative medicine. This will also help in conservation of threatened wild and domestic animal species, emphasized the researchers.