May 3, 2016: The startup LED venture, Once which is based in Plymouth has come up with a new technology where it claims that LED lighting can be used to control the gender of particular animal embryos. The company has introduced this technology to bring about innovation in the agricultural sector.
Recently, Once declared that it has received a note of allowance for a copyright to influence the gender of oviparous embryos through the application of LED lights in a natural manner. Fish, amphibians and chickens consist of oviparous animals.
LED lighting to control gender of animal embryos?
Zdesainko Grajcar, the CEO and founder of Once said in a news release that the company has been targeting light absorption midpoints in sex determining genes to knock them down or express them. He also added that in essence, the company has introduced an extremely easy genetic male-female change, which is based on comparatively reasonably priced, narrow-band LEDs.
The company notes that the capacity to choose the sex of chickens prior to hatching out of their eggs is of enormous importance to the poultry industry.
For example, hens are desirable to egg-laying procedures. On the other hand male chickens are the prime choice for broiler procedures.
People involved in the poultry industry have always taken keen interest in decreasing the killings of the unwanted male chickens. The patent application of Once consists of an incubating device that features a plurality of lighting elements.
Once had declared in the year 2013 that it had raised $5 million in a round headed by Jackson, Minn.-based New Fashion Pork. Twin Cities angels also invested in the business, which says its lights can also assist in fattening livestock.