Students get look at cloning at USU science event

In the Eccles Science Learning Center, a large projector screen displayed two cow ovaries and lab manager Ben Sessions showed the audience the blister type modules where eggs would be extracted for cloning.Among other presentations and activities, department head and professor of animal, dairy and veterinary science Kenneth White spoke about genetics and cloning, emphasizing USU’s success in this research, in his speech “Seeing Double: The Origins of Cloning,” a part of Science Unwrapped.Sessions held one of the cow ovaries for attendees to see it up close. Each blister-like formation on the ovary was called a follicle and housed one egg, he said. There were multiple follicles in each ovary, those that did not contain an egg were full of scar tissue. Sessions pointed at one of the follicles and said when extracting an egg a scientist will look for a follicle the size of a hole punch or smaller rather than the dominant follicle, which is a few times larger. The fluid from the follicle must then be sucked out to retrieve the egg.This topic did not only interest students of the collegiate level, but it drew elementary and high school students, as well, who arrived eager and ready to learn.”We have gone to all of the Science Unwrapped activities because they are really interesting,” 13-year-old Logan resident Simon Davies said. “There are hands-on activities at the end and one time we actually got to dissect a pig heart.”

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