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National Veterinary Academy Award

Researchers from Institut Pasteur de Montevideo recieve the National Veterinary Academy Award

Researchers of the Transgenic and Experimental Animal Unit of the Institut Pasteur de Montevideo together with the Animal Reproduction Institute (IRAUy) and the INSERM UMR 643 Group of Nantes receive the 2017 National Veterinary Academy Award (Uruguay). The Prize was awarded to the work that led to the generation of knock-out lambs using the CRISPR technology published in the journal PLoS One: “Efficient Generation of Myostatin Knock-Out Sheep Using CRISPR/Cas9 Technology and Microinjection into Zygotes”.

CRISPR is a new technology that allows genome editing in large animals in a way never achieved before. The lambs produced are knock-out for the myostatin gene, which means that the gene has been blocked. The result is a greater production of meat and better wool.

Worldwide, this is the first report with CRISPR technology in sheep, and no births have been reported in cattle yet. The recognition of the Academy was granted to all authors of this work in the following document.