Human and animal cell bank of Iranian Biological Resource Center managed to prepare and preserve a collection with more than 350 cell lines related to the endangered different livestock breeds of the country.
“Iran is one of the rarest world’s countries from livestock genetic diversity aspect and in some cases exclusive, but unfortunately this great asset and most precious divine is in serious threaten and some indigenous breeds are endangered or estimated in critical conditions by specialist. Preserving the breeds and genetic diversity make it possible for producer to exploit their unknown potential and capacities. Also it is feasible to access new properties and features such as resistance to various disease and climate changes through genetic diversity and to achieve sustainable development in agriculture, health and so on,”Dr. Shahzade’Fazeli, the head of IBRC, said concerning the implementation of this national project conducting along protection and preservation of country’s valuable genetic resources.
“In spite of different livestock breeds in the country, due to absence of necessary attention to the identification of their capabilities, racial hybridization is happened and also none- programming protection of native and thoroughbred races has very severely been damaged to country’s genetic resources. So attention to the maintenance of genetic resources is a deniable necessity. Therefore, IBRC has produced more than 350 cell lines of the Caspian species such as horses, Bactrian camel, Sistani cow, Markhoz goat, Moghani sheep, Golpayegani cow, Salmon, Iranian Cheeta and several other species in order to protect these genetic resources as well as providing services to the research centers, researches and students. Each of aforementioned breeds and species have characteristics and unique genetic composition which are unfortunately endangered,” he added.
“Given the above issues and limited researches which has been conducted on these breeds, the preservation of the cattle and the production of cell line as well as carrying out stem cell and genetic researches on these endangered breeds, is necessary and very important,” Dr. Fazeli pointed out.
It is remarkable, this collection is accessible for interested researchers as a convenience and prepared source for genetic researches, breeding, cloning, and….Cell line specification along with animal’s birth certificate, cell certificate, and animal’s photo is available through IBRC’s website.