Alexander Travis’ lab witnessed a radical breakthrough in the world of science when the world’s first rubbish of puppies were born through IVF (In Vitro Fertilization). The beagle surrogate gave birth to seven healthy puppies in July.
As the baby beagles turn 5 months old, they were brought to the public at Cornell University. Researchers are considering this development to be of great importance because it can help the world in many ways.
IVF can help canine conservation efforts and it can also make domestic breeds healthier. In addition to this, genetic diseases in dogs can be eradicated with the help of IVF. Since the inception of IVF, researchers have been trying to successfully use it on animals as well.
The birth of the baby beagles through IVF comes 27 years after the first IVF baby was born. The puppies have been named Cannon, Ivy le’Fleur, Green, Buddy, Cornelia, Red and Buddy. Two of the beagle pups have been adopted by Professor Travis.
Dogs posed a tough challenge when it came to IVF. Many animals have been through the test tube successfully, but researchers met with no success when it came to dogs. Some of the reasons were that the eggs were immature and the females were in season only twice a year.
For the IVF pups that were born, the eggs were taken from three donor dogs – Elsa, Anna and Snow White. The sperms belonged to a Beagle called Rusty and a cocker spaniel called Barack. Nineteen embryos were then placed in the womb of a hound called Jewel.
The seven pups that were born were healthy and normal. As research and technology continues to make the world a better place, man’s best friend gains a power up from research.