Northern white rhino embryos breakthrough Italian laboratory

  • 2 years ago
  • Source: KWS
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Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) has announced that two northern white rhino embryos have been successfully created in an Italian laboratory using eggs collected from the 2 remaining females and frozen sperm from deceased males. 
This follows the harvesting of 10 egg cells in August 2019 which were harvested and  artificially inseminated with the frozen sperm of a northern white rhino;
The embryos are now stored in liquid nitrogen to be transferred into a surrogate mothers the two remaining females   Najin and Fatu.
According to Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS), the exercise was the first ever in-vitro embryos and a likely breakthrough in attempt to save the rare species from imminent extinction.