EmbryoGENE Network uses Hypor Herd
Hypor is pleased to announce its participation in the
NSERC EmbryoGENE Research Network, whose goal is to develop diagnostic tools for
evaluating embryonic development in pigs and cattle.
The Network is funded by a number of major and minor partners including the
Canadian Federal Government, and is based in Canada. The acronym GENE
stands for Genomics, Epigenetics, Nutrition and Environment.
considered a major partner in the EmbryoGENE Research Network. The swine
herd at the University of Alberta is a Hypor herd, and many pig tissues used for
research by the Network is based on Hypor genetics.
“Hypor has a keen
interest in understanding reproductive processes better. It can better provide
us with fundamental knowledge for utilization of reproductive techniques, like
A.I., embryo transfer and embryo preservation. As well, the impact of
nutrition and genetics on reproductive performance can be understood better. Our
interest is in increasing embryo and foetal survival to help serve our
customers,” said Benny van Haandel, Hypor's R&D chief.
mandate is to look at both pigs and cattle. The research with pigs will be
headed up by the University of Alberta, while the University of Laval will focus
on cattle. “As far as reproductive physiology goes, we know we can affect
the ability of an embryo to survive - by not feeding a sow properly, for
instance. We have a similar situation with embryo transfer – we know we are
compromising the embryo as soon as we take it out of the uterus. However,
we do not have diagnostic tools to know why we affect these changes.
“The idea behind this project is to look at the gene expression profile
that is present in a normally developing embryo during early development and
come up with a set of diagnostic tools.,” said Michael Dyck from the University
of Alberta and a participant in the EnbryoGENE Research Network.
Network will aim to define what genes should be expressed at each stage of
development. “If we can define what is normal, then we can change protocols
and see which genes are either being or not being expressed,” Dyck
He explained that the benefit of working with pigs and cattle is
that each species has a different area more developed than the other: In
pigs there has been good work done developing models on the effects of nutrition
on embryo development, while the ability to apply reproductive technology is
less developed. In cattle, this is reversed with better knowledge of
reproductive technology. The EmbryoGENE Research Network has already begun
its work and has a mandate to continue until 2012.
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