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Developing Protocols for Freezing Alpaca Embryos

This study evaluates two methods for the cryopreservation (freezing) of embryos from alpacas. The investigators will compare a slow-freezing method with an ultra-rapid cooling method known as vitrification. After development of a successful alpaca embryo cryopreservation technique, alpaca breeders will be able to use it to improve the genetic gene pool, create an alpaca embryo cryobank (to safeguard genetics in the event of a future disease outbreak) and salvage valuable alpaca genetics during the course of an active disease outbreak.

Dr. Curtis R. Youngs, Iowa State University