A discussion as to whether cloning could save a species from extinction

Scientists Hope Interspecies Cloning Will Save Endangered Animals

Conservationists are fighting to prevent this species from becoming extinct. But this is not stopping scientists like George Church from trying, though he does not underestimate the effort required to bring the passenger pigeon back to the skies.

These are also called "chains of extinction".

Will Cloning Ever Save Endangered Animals?

An elephant iPS cell engineered to contain those mutations would theoretically be capable of producing woolly mammoth sperm.

The liquid contains mature egg cells from Olivia. Global warming has allowed some species to expand their range, bringing unwelcome[ according to whom?

From these fibroblasts, the scientists extracted the DNA of the Bucardo and injected it into unfertilized eggs of a domestic goat. However, he admits that creating a passenger pigeon from the stem cells of an ordinary pigeon would involve a massive scale-up of the same technologies.

Better yet, the woolly mammoth stem cells could be implanted besides an elephant embryo early in development, producing a chimera animal with some tissues made from elephant cells and others from mammoths.

She also argues that cloning is far too expensive. In most cases, the introductions are unsuccessful, but when an invasive alien species does become established, the consequences can be catastrophic.

In each case many more clones died before birth than survived; in most cases none of the clones survived into adulthood.

Cloning: Can it resurrect extinct species?

InOliver Ryder, a geneticist at the San Diego Zoo, had the visionary idea of freezing skin samples from endangered animals in the hope they might help protect these species in the future.

For example, a fern that depends on dense shade for protection from direct sunlight can no longer survive without forest to shelter it. The very next day, the cloned embryos will be implanted into the uterus of a common domestic house cat, which will serve as a surrogate mother for a foreign species.

Scorched land resulting from slash-and-burn agriculture Main article: Researchers could scoop out the inner cell mass from the hybrid blastocyst, Loi suggests, and transplant it into an empty trophoblast derived from the same species as the surrogate mother.

If researchers manage to dramatically increase the efficiency of cloning wild and endangered animals—whether with nuclear transfer or in vitro fertilization—then the DNA they need will be waiting for them. If they do not, bio-banks will still be useful for more basic research.

To say that this approach is technically challenging would be an understatement, but researchers have made impressive progress.But the government is not necessarily going to provide all the funding that scientists need to help these endangered species.

There are non-profit organizations such as Revive and Restore that are founded by scientists that believe that cloning could bring back extinct species (Brand, ). Jan 12,  · Saving a species from extinction. The gaur is an ox native to Southeast Asia and India, and while about 30, exist in the wild, their numbers are declining because of hunting and habitat loss.

Scientists say the cloning of such endangered animals could save them from extinction, or even bring back species already extinct. And, as has also been pointed out, cloning doesn’t address the reason the animal became endangered in the first place - whether that was loss of habitat, unsustainable hunting, competition from alien invasive species etc.

"Interspecies cloning is an amazing tool to ensure that an endangered species carries on," says Gómez.

Conservation Cloning: Feasible Way to Save Species

"We can't wait until those species have disappeared." High Mortality Rate. The world's first surrogate mother of a cloned animal from another species had udders and was named Bessie.

The Re-Origin of Species by Torill Kornfeldt review – bringing extinct animals back to life

As many endangered species near extinction, cloning seems like a viable solution to rebuild populations. Using DNA from already deceased animals, cloning can even increase the diversity of a gene pool.

Cloning should not be used to save endangered species. Cloning should not be used to save endangered species because cloning is not reliable and will most likely cause disease in the animal. Cloning is not yet a reliable science in today's world and it will not do much to save any endangered species.

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