Researchers at West Texas A&M University are working to improve the quality of beef through cloning.
According to the Amarillo Globe-News, the researchers are trying to prove they can use cow carcasses to increase the percentage of Prime Grade 1 beef, which is typically only given to one of every 3,300 cows.
Last year, students and researchers used the carcasses to clone seven calves, which were fed and slaughtered this spring.
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"We've shifted the population — at least of these seven — from one in 3,300 to one Prime Yield Grade 1 animal in 98," West Texas A&M animal science professor Ty Lawrence said.
Lawrence said the results, while encouraging, are only the first step of a long process.