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Resurrected from extinction

The Pyrenean ibex (Capra pyrenaica) has been resurrected from extinction by cloning. The last known specimen died in 2000. Shortly before its death scientists obtained skin samples.

Scientists replaced the genetic material in domestic goat eggs with DNA obtained from the ibex skin samples. A female ibex (doe) was successfully born but died shortly after birth due to lung defects. Other cloned animals such have sheep frequently exhibit the same lung defects.

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Source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/science-news/4409958/Extinct-ibex-is-resurrected-by-cloning.html

Pyrenean ibex Capra pyrenaica

Posted by: admin on 06th Aug 2009 06:59 PM
Updated by: admin on 06th Aug 2009 07:31 PM
Expires: 01st Jan 2014 12:00 AM

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