Extinct ibex is resurrected by cloning

By | February 2, 2009

Extinct ibex is resurrected by cloning The Pyrenean ibex, a form of wild mountain goat, was officially declared extinct in 2000 when the last-known animal of its kind was found dead in northern Spain.

Shortly before its death, scientists preserved skin samples of the goat, a subspecies of the Spanish ibex that live in mountain ranges across the country, in liquid nitrogen.

Using DNA taken from these skin samples, the scientists were able to replace the genetic material in eggs from domestic goats, to clone a female Pyrenean ibex, or bucardo as they are known. It is the first time an extinct animal has been cloned.

Sadly, the newborn ibex kid died shortly after birth due to physical defects in its lungs. Other cloned animals, including sheep, have been born with similar lung defects.

But the breakthrough has raised hopes that it will be possible to save endangered and newly extinct species by resurrecting them from frozen tissue.

It has also increased the possibility that it will one day be possible to reproduce long-dead species such as woolly mammoths and even dinosaurs.

via Extinct ibex is resurrected by cloning – Telegraph.

3 thoughts on “Extinct ibex is resurrected by cloning

  1. Xeno Post author

    The original Republican party from 1854 Ripon, Wisconsin? That would be interesting. I’d go see them if I could get tickets.

    The fark comment on this was great: “Once again, a hardy fairwell to the Pyrenean ibex, the only animal mankind has loathed in such ration as to actually follow through with that whole killing all of them and then cloning them so we can kill them all again thing.”

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