Saturday, November 23, 2013

Scientists to try to bring extinct mountain goat back through cloning

ZARAGOZA, Spain, Nov. 22 (UPI) --
Scientists in Spain say they'll attempt to clone an extinct mountain goat using frozen, preserved cells taken from the last living animal before it died.

The species known as a bucardo, or Pyrenean ibex, went extinct in 2000, but cells from the last animal were collected and frozen in liquid nitrogen.

A previous attempt at cloning in 2003 saw a bucardo calf brought to term but it died shortly after birth. Despite that it was considered an an historic event, the first "de-extinction" in which a lost species or sub-species was resurrected.

Now researchers will make another attempt using the 14-year-old preserved cells from the last animal, which was named Celia.

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billy pilgrim said...

i'm not sure this is something we should be doing. this technology could open a can of worms that is best left closed.

although the thought of bringing back my faithful dogs appeals to me.

texlahoma said...

Billy - I'm with you on this one.

On the other hand, if they learn how to clone dinosaurs, maybe Dino Burgers could solve world hunger.

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