Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Tasmanian Tiger To Be Cloned



For those of you that don't know, the Tasmanian Tiger is a type of tiger that went extinct in Australia in 1936. A group of Australian scientists are going to clone the Tasmanian Tiger using some of the DNA that still exists today, the remains of a fetus. I can't wait to see the actual Tasmanian Tiger walk the lands again. Damn, humans are trying to play God now... Here's what the press had to say:-

"Australian Museum Director Professor Michael Archer takes a close look at an 1866 Tasmanian Tiger embryo in Sydney May 28, 2002 that scientists have used to successfully replicate some of the animals genes using DNA extracted from the specimen. Scientists say they hope to clone a Tasmanian Tiger in 10 years if they are successful in constructing large quantities of all the genes of the extinct animal and sequencing sections of the genome to create a genetic library of Tasmanian Tiger DNA. The animal, also known as a thylacine, was a dog-like carnivorous marsupial with stripes on its back that lived on the Australian island state of Tasmania before it was hunted down by farmers who blamed it for killing sheep. The last known tiger died in 1936."

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