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UI losing top equine cloning researcher

The University of Idaho is losing one of its top researchers, a veterinary science professor who helped bring renown to the state by being part of a team that gave the world its first equine clone. S-R higher ed reporter Kevin Graman reports that some university critics, including some prominent Idaho veterinarians, are unhappy about the imminent departure of associate professor Dirk Vanderwall, who is taking a position at the University of Pennsylvania. “The University of Idaho frankly screwed this up beyond repair,” said Bruce Lancaster, of Idaho Falls, former president of the Idaho Veterinary Medical Association and former chairman of the advisory board for the university’s Northwest Equine Reproduction Laboratory. In 2003, the birth of a mule named Idaho Gem brought international attention to UI and its equine researchers Vanderwall and Gordon Woods, who left UI for Colorado State University in Fort Collins at the end of 2007. You can read Graman's full story here in Sunday's Spokesman-Review.




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