“Cloning extinct species could be on the horizon.”

Extinct animal zoos


Wed, Apr 4th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

The BBC's Future section looks at the impact animal cloning — in particular extinct animal cloning — could have on tourism. Too bad it didn't help this guy.

But scientists might eventually be able to do that with other species that died out more recently than mammoths – like passenger pigeons. This would involve mapping the entire passenger pigeon genome, then mutating a common pigeon’s genome so that it’s akin to a passenger pigeon’s. Voilà: a cloned extinct species.

The science has come a long way since Dolly the sheep was cloned in 1996, says University of Connecticut biotechnology professor Xiuchun (Cindy) Tian, who is working on reactivating nucleus-based DNA through cloning.



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