World's first Wild Artic Wolf cloned
Donor cells were extracted from the skin of a wild female arctic wolf imported from Canada to Harbin Polarland. It received its oocyte from a female dog, and its surrogate mother was a beagle.
- A Beijing-based gene company has succeeded in cloning the Arctic Wolf in order to save the endangered species from extinction.
- Maya, which means "excellent health," was given to the freshly cloned wolf.
- The wolf's donor cell originated from a skin sample of a wild female Arctic Wolf. It acquired its oocyte from a dog.
- Cloning required the creation of 137 new embryos from enucleated (removal of the nucleus from the cell) oocytes and somatic cells.
- Seven beagles' uteri were implanted with 85 embryos.
- The beagle was chosen as the surrogate mother since this canine breed has genetic connection with the prehistoric wolf.