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First IVF puppies ‘open the door’ for the conservation of endangered canids

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THE use of in vitro fertilisation (IVF) in dogs will allow modern genetic approaches to be applied more efficiently in dogs and ‘opens the door’ to help conserve endangered canid species, according to the authors of a paper reporting the first successful IVF procedure in dogs.

In their paper, published online in the journal PLoS ONE, the researchers, based mainly at Cornell University in the USA, explain that, despite decades of attempts at IVF in dogs, no live births have been previously reported. The reproductive physiology of the dog differs markedly from …

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