The thought occurred to me that we are now experiencing times where the subject of cloning has become a common household topic of discussion. First, it was sheep, and now we can read about the most recent racehorse clone.
A.I. has been around for years and is a common practice on most every dairy farm these days. I myself remember the liquid nitrogen tank in the milk house that held all the straws of sem_n that we used to breed the cows with. There was even a catalog from distributors / suppliers that you could order from. These catalogs read like a Christmas catalog describing all the offered straws. Even from bulls that may have been dead 15 years, and straws were still available!
Now I'm not a geneticist and have no training in genetics, so my questions may seem very elementary. I know we have some brainiacs that occupy this forum, and I'll leave the answers up to them.
This month's issue of the ABJ features an article about the first bees imported from Australia. There's even a post inquiring about whose going to the Sue Cobey queen rearing school. So A.I. of honeybees is no longer a technique of the few and gifted, it can be learned by just about any beekeeper having the desire to learn. Just think, getting some straws from Australia and not having to go through a quarantine period, or risk the physical loss of the bees being sent.
So do you think that any of the great traits of today might be stored away in some liquid nitrogen somewhere for years from now, just in case?
Maybe in years to come we might be able to order up a few specialty straws from queen breeders some where, instead of sending a live queen through the mail?
The thought of a genetic drone bank to draw from, interesting!