TechConnect Innovation Program

Modification of spermatogonial stem cells to obtain heat resistant White Angus cattle

Middle Tennessee State University, Tennessee, United States

TECHNOLOGY SUMMARY

Our approach is to use new, highly efficient genetic engineering techniques to directly move dominantly acting desirable climate adaptive qualities into high performance founders. In the current project, we propose to create Angus cattle with a dominant white coat color, using modification of spermatogonial stem cells.

Primary Application Area: Foods & Agriculture

Technology Development Status: Prototype

Technology Readiness Level: TRL 2

FIGURES OF MERIT

Value Proposition: We can achieve cattle heat resistance efficiently through genetic modification. All of the sperm produced is modified as are all of the calves born from this sperm. This moves the efficiency of modification from a fraction of a percent to 100%.

SHOWCASE SUMMARY

Organization Type: Early-stage Startup (Seed)

Showcase Booth #: 611

Website: www.mtsu.edu

GOVT/EXTERNAL FUNDING SOURCES

Government Funding/Support to Date: n/a

Primary Sources of Funding: Angel, Friends, Family

Looking for: Both Funding and Development Partners