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Advances in Canid Reproduction and Conservation

scientists holding first litter of IVF puppies

Last July, seven healthy beagle/cocker spaniel mix puppies were born. These were the first canids (dogs) ever born using in vitro fertilization (IVF). The successful use of this technique in canids is a huge step forward in the fight to save vulnerable and endangered species, such as the maned wolf. Canid reproduction is unique and presents a variety of challenges to the scientists working to increase population numbers while also maintaining genetic diversity.
Join a team of reproductive biologists from the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute for deeper look into canid biology, communication, and reproduction. The course will include lectures from Nucharin Songsasen, Jennifer Nagashima, and Marieke Kester.

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Age range: 18