Zoo plans to bring rare animals back from the dead

This ‘science’ opens a whole new can of ‘worms’. Hat tip to James Courtright, who posted this one at Facebook! — PID

(NEW SCIENTIST) — TAKE frozen cells from a dead animal, reprogram them to become sperm and eggs, then use these to bring endangered species back from the brink.

That’s the aim of a collaboration between the San Diego zoo and The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California. At the annual meeting of the International Society for Stem Cell Research in San Francisco last week, Inbar Friedrich Ben-Nun and Jeanne Loring of Scripps described how they have created induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells from the frozen skin cells of a deceased male drill (Mandrillus leucophaeus), an endangered monkey found in Nigeria, Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea.

via Zoo plans to bring rare animals back from the dead – life – 30 June 2010 – New Scientist.

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