Emma Is Successor to Millie, UT’s First Cloned Calf

KNOXVILLE — University of Tennessee researchers have successfully cloned a second calf from an adult Jersey cow.

“Emma” was born Aug. 30 from a pregnancy using the same cell-culturing techniques used to produce Millie, UT’s first calf clone. Millie was the nation’s first Jersey cow cloned from an adult somatic cell. She died in the summer.

Dr. Lannett Edwards and Dr. Neal Schrick, a UT wife-husband research team, were the principal scientists who produced both Emma and Millie.

Emma is an acronym for Experimental Manipulation for Mastitis Abatement, a UT program that is doing genetic research on ways to produce dairy cattle which are resistant to mastitis, a bacterial disease that affects bovine health and milk production.

UT Acting President Eli Fly and Dr. Jack Britt, vice president of the institute, presented Emma at a news conference Sept. 19 on the UT Institute of Agriculture campus.

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