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Sperm Storage Method Being Tested

Published: March 5, 2019 2:29 pm ET

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A pair of scientists have developed a much-guarded new sperm storage method that, according to a published report, could turn out to be a revolutionary vehicle in the realm of equine breeding.

An article by the Newcastle Herald explains that Zamira Gibb and Aleona Swegen – both of whom are scientists at the University of Newcastle – have developed a new method to store sperm. Dr. Gibb has gone on the record as saying that the new process could potentially double current fertility rates. Dr. Gibb has said that she and Dr. Swegen are in the process of getting the method licenced.

Dr. Swegen has told the Newcastle Herald that the Down Under horse racing industry has desired a new process to be used as an alternative to cryopreservation that acts as a "semen extender that could maintain sperm quality for a sufficient amount of time."

The doctors have stated that the substance used to store the sperm is currently a secret and that the system, which is currently being tested, could be available for commercial use in 2020.


Aleona Swegen (left), Zamira Gibb (centre) and Jen Clulow (right)

Dr. Gibb, who is a horse lover, has stated that the system could reduce the current rate at which breeders need to collect semen from a stallion. She has said that the system would also be easier on mares, as well.

"Welfare is a big concern of mine,” Dr. Gibb explained. “The good thing about this approach is it will reduce the amount of time that each animal has to be taken out of the paddock and inseminated."

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(With files from the Newcastle Herald)


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