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Dr. Jose Cibelli, D.V.M., Ph.D
Michigan State University, Department of Animal Science
Dr. Cibelli is a pioneer in cloning bovine somatic cells for animal production.
In January 1998, Dr. Cibelli's efforts led to the generation of
the world's first transgenic calves by cloning.
Terry D. Etherton, Ph.D.
Head Of The Department Of Dairy And Animal Science
Pennsylvania State University
Dr. Etherton is a leading authority on the role of agricultural biotechnology in food production systems and has authored more than 100 peer-reviewed scientific journal articles. In 2004, Dr. Etherton served on the National Academy of Sciences' Committee on Identifying and Assessing Unintended Health Effects of Genetically Engineered Foods on Human Health. Based on a review of over 35 scientific studies, this NAS committee concluded that there is no cause for concern regarding the human consumption of cloned animals and their offspring.
Raymond Page, Ph.D.
As the former Chief Scientific Officer for Cyagra, a livestock cloning company, Dr. Page is a noted expert on the cloning of dairy cows, with over 15 years of experience in the production of livestock and laboratory animals for agriculture and biomedicine. Dr. Page was part of the team that produced the world's first cloned pigs.
Irina Polejaeva, Ph.D.
Chief Scientific Officer
As one of the pioneers of pig cloning, Dr. Polejaeva's work led to the generation of the world's first cloned pigs by somatic cell nuclear transfer. Before joining ViaGen, Dr. Polejaeva was Head of the Cell Biology Group and Project Manager for the Porcine Nuclear Transfer Program at PPL Therapeutics, Inc. PPL made waves in 1997 when they collaborated with the Roslin Institute to clone Dolly the sheep from a six-year-old ewe.
X. Cindy Tian, Ph.D., M.S.
University Of Connecticut
In May 2005, Dr. Tian coauthored a major study which demonstrated that the composition of meat and milk from cloned beef and dairy cattle were not statistically different from those of genetic- and breed-matched control animals from conventional reproduction. As the recipient of a National Research Service Award from NIH, Dr. Tian did her postdoctoral training in developmental genetics and molecular embryology.
Mark Walton, Ph.D., M.S.
The president of ViaGen, Inc., the leading company in animal cloning science, Dr. Walton is an applied research scientist with over twenty-six years of experience in plant and livestock biotechnology. As a Vice President at RiceTec, he led the research program which developed and released the first rice hybrids in North America. Previously, Dr. Walton led Linkage Genetics, the largest agricultural DNA service company in North America and Europe.
Kenneth White, Ph.D., M.S.
Professor And Director Of The Center For Development And Molecular Biology
Utah State University, College Of Agriculture
Dr. White produced the first cloned mules (3) which were the first successfully cloned equine animals. He has also cloned cattle
during his tenure at Utah State. Dr. White has over 25 years of experience in animal reproductive science, starting in the 1980's during the early days of embryo transfer research.
Xiangzhong "Jerry" Yang, MS, Ph.D.
Professor And Director Of Center For Regenerative Biology
University Of Connecticut
Dr. Yang is known for his high-profile research on animal cloning, including the production of the first cloned cow. Dr. Yang has published over 200 papers including over 100 in top peer-reviewed scientific journals. In May 2005, Dr. Yang coauthored a major study which demonstrated that the composition of meat and milk from cloned beef and dairy cattle were not statistically different from those of conventionally-reproduced control animals.