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BSE: Embryo transfer studies - SE1801

Transmission studies with bovine embryos were recommended in 1989 by the MAFF Consultative Committee on Research on Spongiform Encephalopathies, and the project started in October that year.

The main objective is to show that embryos from BSE?affected cattle can be transferred into healthy, uninfected recipients without transmitting the disease.

Successful demonstration that the risk of BSE transmission via embryos is negligible will reassure potential customers abroad that genetic material from British cattle is safe. It will also provide an effective way of salvaging genetic material from valuable, BSE?infected cattle.

The project is scheduled to finish in June 2001, but so far there has been no evidence of BSE transmission. The plan is to monitor the cattle for BSE for seven years, then to kill and examine them.

Further funding from MAFF is needed to take the experimental cattle through to the end of their seven years` monitoring and to examine them post mortem to ensure there is no evidence of BSE.
Project Documents
• Final Report : BSE: Embryo transfer studies   (22k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 1989

To: 2001

Cost: £1,328,179
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Veterinary Laboratories Agency
Animal Health              
Plants and Animals              
Fields of Study
Animal Health