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Date:4/20/2014 3:17:17 AM
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I'm glad you like reading the mule facts:) I have done a lot of research and my Grandaughter has helped. I've really learned a lot too:)
Cloning: Mules made scientific history in 2003, when the first cloned mule was born on May 4th at Idaho State University. Idaho Gem was also the first hybrid to be cloned. Later two more cloned mules were born. Researchers used a cell from a mule fetus and an egg from a horse to clone Idaho Gem. Later that year Idaho Star was born. Since mules cannot reproduce, cloning gives hope of preserving the genes of outstanding mule athletes. This is especially interesting to those in the mule racing industry, which hopes cloning will make it possible to preserve the genes of outstanding racers. Cloning mammals also offers the possibility of advances in cancer research.
Idaho Gem and his brother Idaho Star were trained for raceing. They won their first race, which was held at the Winnemucca Mule Races in June 2006. The pair placed first and second in a 350-yard sprint, with Idaho Star clocking .027 seconds faster than his brother. Both beat the field of non-cloned mules.
I thought this was interesting and I hope I have not offended anyone. I understand some people has strong beliefs on cloning.
Tomorrow we start on Mules in the military...Thanks to Barbara and Shawnie leaving a couple of blogs about her Father and Uncle talking about their experience with mules in the miitary, I did a little research...tune in tomorrow. Have a great day...Joey & Betsy
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