Animal reproduction

cropped-p1200008.jpgLH bioassay – a clonal mouse Leydig tumour cell line has been developed and used as an in vitro luteinising hormone (LH) bioassay, to accurately detect LH concentrations from blood plasma samples from diverse mammalian species. Knowledge of the circulating concentration of LH is useful in predicting the time of ovulation in animals, and is particularly useful in assisted breeding programs in animal species for which commercial LH assays are not readily available. In collaboration with Perth Zoo we have successfully used the bioassay to predict ovulation in elephants and rhinoceroses, and we are currently working with Edinburgh Napier University and Edinburgh Zoo to monitor ovulation in Giant Pandas.