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Puppy Partnership

Posted on Dec 14, 2015 by in The OFI Blog |

Puppy Partnership

Dr. Jennifer Nagashima, SCBI Doctoral Fellow (Left); Dr. Nucharin Songsasen, SCBI scientist hold two of the seven healthy puppies

Smithsonian postdoctoral fellow Dr. Jennifer Nagashima is part of the Cornell-Smithsonian Joint Graduate Training Program, where Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) scientists and Cornell researchers collaborate. Recently they became the first to successfully use in vitro fertilization (IVF) to produce healthy, living puppies from cryopreserved embryos. On December 9, 2015 the team published their results in PLOS ONE. Their work may be used to help endangered canid species, such as maned wolves. Meanwhile, the seven puppies are happy and healthy.

You can read more about Jennifer Nagashima and the Cornell-Smithsonian Joint Graduate Training Program’s work here.