Thursday, March 12, 2009

Vanderwall Leaving

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Equine Cloning Scientist Leaving U of I

Moscow—Dr. Dirk Vanderwall, one of the University of Idaho professors who successfully cloned the first equine in the world is leaving the U of I.

Vanderwall accepted a position at the University of Pennslyvania. Insiders close to the program blame funding and tight budgets limited continued cloning research.

In 2003, after years of tedious trial and error the U of I and Utah State scientists successfully cloned a mule named Idaho Gem, and weeks later hosted a worldwide newsconference with the cloned foal.

For the University of Idaho, Scientists Vanderwall and Gordon Woods it was a crowning achievement that brought international praise and attention and a cover story in Science magazine.

Vanderwall will take a similar job heading the reproduction section and director of the Hofmann Research Center for Animal Reproduction at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine.

Ken White of Utah State, filled out the research dream team with Woods and Vanderwall. He remains at Utah State, Woods is now at Colorado State and each brought their own unique talents to the cloning project that resulted in a total of three successful equine clonings.

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