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A Home for Swine Studies

Earlier this year the National Institutes of Health in Washington, D.C., awarded the University of Missouri-Columbia close to $10 million in research and construction grants for a one-of-a-kind center that will supply swine, and genetic material from swine, to researchers working to better understand a multitude of health issues.

"Because we had to compete against other major research institutions to receive this award, this is a particularly welcome recognition of our life sciences researchers and the expertise they bring to this campus," said Jim Coleman, vice provost for research. "This will be the only swine research center in the nation, and it will serve requests from all over the world. In addition, our own researchers will be working to solve some of the foremost health problems of the nation."

Swine share unique anatomic and physiological characteristics with people, thus making them ideal models for the study of human cardiovascular diseases and diabetes. Pig organs have also emerged as excellent candidates for transplantation into humans who are in need of life-saving organ replacements. MU was awarded $7.1 million to fund center operations, and $2.84 million to construct its building.

Current plans call for the center to be located southeast of the MU Animal Sciences Research Center. The new swine facility will function as both a repository and distribution hub for swine models used in a variety of research.

The center will contribute to a virtually limitless number of research projects. Three particular areas of emphasis will include: development of new transgenic pigs, improving cryopreservation and detection of pathogens. Faculty researchers Lela Riley, John Critser and Steve Kleiboeker from the College of Veterinary Medicine will join Randy Prather and Ed Rucker from the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources to head up the facility's operations.

"While we will be a valuable resource to scientists, we also will be working on research projects and serving as a training ground for undergraduates and graduate students," Riley said. "The center will be invaluable in detecting pathogens in frozen sperm and embryos as well as to help us improve the preservation techniques that ensure genetic material from one specific line of animals is never lost."

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