New Ventures: Coming to Gators' Aid

Florida's alligators have done such an admirable job of reproducing themselves that they have swung from near extinction to overpopulation during the past decade. But that is not good enough for Frank Godwyn, whose farm near Orlando produces alligators like chickens. Godwyn's company uses a technique of artificial insemination developed by Paul Cardeilhac, a University of Florida veterinarian. Sound waves from a $26,000 machine track the development of the female's egg-bearing follicle, then sperm from an alligator bull is injected at the appropriate moment. If all goes well, fertilized eggs yield snapping,...

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