‘Super Daddy’ Animals Could Breed Their Way to Climate Change Survival
Livestock with gene-edited testicles can help humans survive an increasingly food-insecure world. In a Pullman, Washington, laboratory barn, goat #1962 has one purpose: Go forth and multiply.
#1962 is in the world’s first-ever generation of a gene-edited “Super Daddy” or “Surrogate Sire” goat. This means he has the balls (literally) to pass on not his but another, more elite buck’s DNA.
Project leader and reproductive biologist Jon Oatley, PhD, has been working on the
concept for 20 years. He believes surrogate sires will be key to breeding livestock that produce more meat, dairy, and fiber while withstanding the effects of climate change.
“As the climate changes and populations grow, we’re asking animals to do more for less,” Oatley tells Future Human. “If you can change the genetics, that is an intrinsic variable in an animal that can influence how easily they convert inputs to outputs.”