Brief Communications

Nature 415, 859 (21 February 2002) | doi:10.1038/nature723; Published online 14 February 2002

Cell biology: A cat cloned by nuclear transplantation

Taeyoung Shin1, Duane Kraemer1, Jane Pryor1, Ling Liu1, James Rugila1, Lisa Howe2, Sandra Buck1, Keith Murphy3, Leslie Lyons4 & Mark Westhusin1

Sheep, mice, cattle, goats and pigs have all been cloned by transfer of a donor cell nucleus into an enucleated ovum1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and now we add the successful cloning of a cat (Felis domesticus) to this list. However, this cloning technology may not be readily extendable to other mammalian species if our understanding of their reproductive processes is limited or if there are species-specific obstacles.

  1. Department of Veterinary Physiology and Pharmacology, College of Veterinary Medicine, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas 77843-4466, USA
  2. Department of Small Animal Medicine and Surgery, College of Veterinary Medicine, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas 77843-4466, USA
  3. Department of Pathobiology, College of Veterinary Medicine, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas 77843-4466, USA
  4. Department of Population Health and Reproduction, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis, California 95616, USA

Correspondence to: Mark Westhusin1 e-mail: Email: mwesthusin@cvm.tamu.edu