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Reproductive Sciences

Internships in reproductive sciences include research in specific areas such as gamete biology and endocrinology. Interns assist SNZP-CRC staff in ongoing reproductive studies of endangered species, and receive training in research techniques and sample collection.

Current projects include the characterization of reproductive patterns through fecal hormone analysis, pregnancy detection, impact of stress on reproduction, synchronicity of estrous cycles, and assisted reproductive technologies (in vitro oocyte maturation, in vitro fertilization, artificial insemination, and embryo transfer).

The work of Research Interns in this laboratory has helped characterize the reproductive cycle of Asian elephants and clouded leopards, and has paved the way for continuing studies in egg development in the giant panda and scimitar-horned oryx.

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