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Noorie, the Pashmina Goat India’s Second Cloned Animal

New Delhi, 15 March, 2012:  Researchers at Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology, Kashmir has created India’s second cloned animal, a rare species of Pashmina goat. 

Dr Raiz Ahmad Shah, an associate professor of the Centre of Animal Biotechnology, SKUAST, headed the team which developed the world’s first cloned Pashmina goat named Noorie (The Light).  He was also the main researcher in the team of scientists at National Dairy Research Institute, Karnal, Haryana in 2009 that gave India the first cloned buffalo calf ‘Garima’.

The goat is bred for its fine wool of pashmina, which is six times finer than human hair and is used to weave shawls, scarves etc.

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