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... research model instead of some wild animals such as using domestic cats for researches instead of tigers and leopards. Among the felids (cat species), 69.3% out of 36 living wild cat species are classified as near threatened, vulnerable, endangered and critically endangered (Nowell, 2002). Domestic cats serve as a convenient research model for wild felids conservation since the folliculogenesis in cats takes about 7-13 days and the gestational length is approximately 60 days (Bristol-Gould & Woodruff, 2006).
This research aims to develop successful vitrification and warming protocol for cat ovarian tissue and optimize in vitro follicle/oocytes maturation protocols in order to achieve mature, viable and functional cat oocytes. To achieve this, understanding the ovary anatomy and function, follicles, oocytes structure and the art of cryopreservation is important.
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