Researchers at Discovery Park will study new methods to freeze pig eggs and embryos at a commercial viable level, which so far hasn’t been possible.
Research funding received by Canterbury Christ Church University, in Kent will be used to develop the new methods. If successful, it will allow global transportation of frozen pig eggs and embryos at a commercially viable level.
Agricultural companies could then transport frozen cells around the world, rather than livestock.
Internationally renowned company Topigs Norsvin, one of the biggest suppliers in the world of swine genetics, has awarded academics in the School of Human and Life Sciences £100,000 to undertake pig embryology and vitrification – the use of very low temperatures to preserve intact living cells.
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