Ultimately Simplified Approach for Animal Cloning
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Ultimately Simplified Approach for Animal Cloning

Can it be done in your garage? You will be surprised! Yes. Learn the principles and ways for simple realizations.
5.0 (11 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
340 students enrolled
Created by Gabor Vajta
Last updated 3/2015
English
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Includes:
  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Understand the basic mechanism of animal cloning and learn how simple ways exist to realize this seemingly mysterious procedure.
  • Understand achievements, potentials, limits and perspectives of somatic cell nuclear transfer
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Requirements
  • Very basic knowledge about (high school student level) is required about the structure and function of reproductive organs and cells, and the process of fertilization at cellular level
Description

This course is dealing with mammalian cloning in general, and with a special method developed by the author and his colleagues that makes the method simple, inexpensive, efficient, reliable, and applicable under compromised conditions, even - possibly - in your garage..

This is a special subject among UDEMY courses, hard to insert in any existing category, nevertheless, I think more and more similar courses will be produced and needed. Keywords for the subject include science, biotechnology, embryology, cloning, animals, agriculture, medicine, innovation.

The course consists of 8 sections and 13 lectures. The language is simple and easy to understand for laymen (once they understand my bad pronunciation due to my deafness...). First lectures prepare the audience to the main subject by stepwise introduction re. the author, the course itself, embryology, theory and traditional practice of cloning. The main subject, handmade cloning will be discussed in two long chapters with ample video illustration. Understanding of events on the video are facilitated by the previous explanation - and may also mean a kind of exam for the students. In the final lectures, the controversial situation of cloning is described. Hopefully students will understand the situation and support our efforts, or at least won't regard cloners as evil creatures any more.

Anybody who is interested in this subject (with controversial reputation, I admit) is encouraged to enroll. This is not a demanding scientific education, just an invitation to an excursion to see our world as it is. Sometimes funny, sometimes frustrating, but at least - authentic.



Who is the target audience?
  • This course has been written both for laymen and professionals, to obtain or improve knowledge about animal cloning. Simple terms, phases and illustrations will alleviate understanding, and new approaches may help to improve existing techniques. On the other hand, the provided information cannot be used with bad intentions and against the laws of a given place/country.
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Curriculum For This Course
13 Lectures
01:34:33
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Welcome to the course
2 Lectures 09:11

Who am I? Am I really qualified to talk about cloning? What were my achievements and what are my limitations?

Preview 04:06

What can you expect? Chapters dealing with the discovery, biological events, technical realisation, state of the art, perspectives and limitations. Also short example videos about the laboratory work will be presented.

Preview 05:05
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Are we, cloners, Gods?
2 Lectures 13:11

Subjective remarks about mammalian embryology: the system we work with; the available technology; and the suggested approach

Preview 06:21

·A short overview of history of cloning, the great contributors including God and his competitors, and an explanation why was Dolly's birth such a big event

The first cloner, and the best ones
06:50
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What is happening?
2 Lectures 14:10
  • A step by step introduction to events required to clone a mammal
The flowchart of cloning
06:08

  • The lecture will explain how traditional, micromanipulation-based cloning is performed, what are its intrinsic problems and external setbacks.
Key steps of traditional cloning - on pictures
08:02
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Handmade cloning (HMC). The principle and the first steps
1 Lecture 13:04

oThe first unusual step of HMC is the removal of the "eggshell" followed by bisection of the oocyte by a handheld, not-too-very-sharp blade

The principle of HMC and the first steps: oocyte recovery, bisection, maturation
13:04
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Handmade cloning (HMC). The last steps and conditions to accomplish
2 Lectures 22:24

Other tricky steps are required to overcome the difficulties created by the handmade situation: pairing with somatic cells, fusion, and special embryo culture

The last steps of HMC: fusion, activation and embryo culture
15:30

§A tentative list of items including prices, human qualities and legal conditions

What is needed for HMC?
06:54
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Expectations and realization
2 Lectures 13:16

What is animal cloning good for? Why do we regard it extremely important? What is achievable, and what are the limits - right now?

Expectations: the realistic perspectives to benefit from animal cloning
08:49

An illustrated overview about animal species already cloned and the use of cryopreservation and transgenesis alongside with cloning

Realization: What has been achieved?
04:27
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If yes, why not?
1 Lecture 04:52

Students will learn the frustrating situation of cloning research and application worldwide. Various factors hampering the use of cloning will be discussed

If yes, why not? Reasons of controversies; responsibilities and consequences
04:52
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Summary and perspectives
1 Lecture 04:25

In this final section the actual - desperating - situation of cloning will be summarized, and an optimistic perspective (with expected pivotal role of HMC) will be outlined. .

Course summary and call for contribution
04:25
About the Instructor
Gabor Vajta
5.0 Average rating
11 Reviews
340 Students
1 Course
Embryology Expert, International Consultant

Gábor Vajta is Adjunct Professor at Central Queensland University, Rockhampton, Australia and Honorary Professor of BGI Shenzhen, China. He lives in Cairns, Queensland, Australia, spends half of his time in China and other Asian, European and American countries. He is director of a consulting company providing services in human and domestic animal embryology all over the world. He is author of more than 160 publications (books, book chapters and papers in peer-reviewed journals, with approx. 8,500 citations). Main topics of his research include cryopreservation of embryos and oocytes , cloning by somatic cell nuclear transfer, and various aspects of mammalian embryo culture.