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BRAIN Institute and the Tokyo University of Agriculture Succeed in Developing World's First Parthenogenetic Mouse
 

Tokyo, Apr 22, 2004 (JCN) - The Bio-oriented Technology Research Advancement Institution (BRAIN) announced on April 22 that it has developed the world's first female parthenogenetic mouse in collaboration with the Tokyo University of Agriculture.

Grown-up normally, the mouse has begun bearing healthy baby mice. This success may contribute to the development of innovative reproductive systems, such as those for livestock reproduction, which use only a genetically superior female.

Entitled "Birth of parthenogenetic mice that can develop to adult," an article with detailed research results will be published in the April 22 issue of English scientific magazine "Nature."

Parthenogenetic is a form of reproduction in which an unfertilized egg develops into a new individual, occurring commonly among insects and certain other arthropods.

By Dale Hug Staff Writer

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