Brazil To Clone Animals In Danger Of Extinction

After our planet’s climate drastically changes, the wildlife of today will exist in cloned form in tomorrow’s zoos, Inter Press Service reports:

Brazilian scientists are attempting to clone animals in danger of extinction, like the jaguar and maned wolf, although the potential impact on the conservation of these threatened species is still not clear.

The cloning initiative is being undertaken by the Brasilia Zoological Garden in partnership with the Brazilian government’s agricultural research agency, EMBRAPA, and is now in its second phase. “We already have 420 germplasm samples stored in our bank and are going to continue collecting,” [said] EMBRAPA researcher Carlos Frederico Martins.

Eight animals have been chosen, including the maned wolf (Chrysocyon brachyurus), the jaguar (Panthera onca) and the black lion tamarin (Leontopithecus chrysopygus). The bank has also been stocked with germplasm from the bush dog (Speothos venaticus), coati (genus Nasua), collared anteater (Tamandua tetradactyla), gray brocket deer (Mazama gouazoubira) and bison (genus Bison).

3 Comments on "Brazil To Clone Animals In Danger Of Extinction"

  1. InfvoCuernos | Nov 16, 2012 at 2:58 am |

    I guess they don’t get the Syfy channel down there in Brasil. Otherwise they’d know the horror that they could be unleashing.

  2. auto5734955 | Nov 16, 2012 at 6:43 am |

    Is there anyway they could mix the DNA of an honest, moral, ethical man with that of a politician? God knows we could use a clone like that.

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