Scientists at the School of Veterinary Medicine performed pioneering studies in the development of transgenic techniques and were responsible for production of the first transgenic mouse (Ralph Brinster, B.S., V.M.D., Ph.D) and farm animals.
Capitalizing on years of foundation research, the Center for Animal Transgenesis and Germ Cell Research was established in 1998. The primary mission was to undertake innovative research on stem cell biology, germ cell development, and animal transgenesis.
Techniques have been developed to enable the modification of individual genes in animals and plants and thereby precisely alter inherited traits. These genetically altered animals and plants are called transgenic and are of enormous value in medicine and agriculture.
An improved understanding of the basic processes governing germ cell and embryo development and of the biology of gametes (sperm and oocytes) and embryonic stem cells will enable us to improve reproductive efficiency, generate animal models of human and animal disease and help provide the knowledge base for regenerative medicine, as well as toward the treatment of infertility.
The center provides a platform for intellectual interactions to facilitate research in reproductive biology across the school and the campus.