Book Chapter

Culture of Mink Preimplantation Embryos.

Jane C Fenelon, Bruce D Murphy

Comparative Embryo Culture | Methods in Molecular Biology | Springer | Published : 2019

Abstract

The reproduction of the mink, Neovison vison, has been extensively studied over the past 70 years. The endocrine control of pregnancy is reasonably well understood, but our understanding of early embryo development is limited. The mink is one of the best characterized mammals for the study of embryonic diapause, but in order to unravel the complex interactions that occur between the blastocyst and the uterus during diapause and reactivation, a defined culture media system that supports growth is essential. Until recently, culture of the mink blastocyst has been relatively unsuccessful. This chapter will describe a method for successfully obtaining and culturing mink blastocysts and will high..

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