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Australian extinction cloning breakthrough

Professor Mike Archer has stood down as Dean of the University of New South Wales in order to pursue a breakthrough in cloning extinct species.

When Archer was Director of the Australian Museum he was involved in launching a project to attempt to clone the Tasmanian tiger (or thylacine). Although critics argued that technology would never make up for the degraded state of thylacine DNA the team did experience more successes than many expected.

Over the past 3 years Archer has fostered a team of scientists from 3 universities and 2 research institutes to work on cloning another extinct Australian species. Archer believes the team is close to publicising a world first - possibly before the end of this year.

The team has not used traditional approaches to resourcing the project because Archer does not "yet want to be public about what's happening."

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Source: http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,25882786-27703,00.html

Professor Mike Archer - former Dean of Science at the University of New South Wales

Posted by: admin on 06th Aug 2009 07:29 PM
Updated by: admin on 06th Aug 2009 07:31 PM
Expires: 01st Jan 2014 12:00 AM

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