The animal, born on December 10, was cloned from genes frozen in 1988, and scientists have only just announced that the process was successful, reports AP.
The surrogate mother of the cloned animal, named Elizabeth Ann, was a domestic ferret, and was born at an institution for this endangered species in Fort Collins, Colorado.
The cloned animal is an identical genetic copy of a ferret called Villa, and its remains, after it died in 1988, were frozen in the early days of DNA technology.
This technology gives hope that endangered species will be preserved, but also that there is a possibility of reviving those that are extinct.
When Villa died in 1988, her tissue was sent to the “frozen zoo” at the San Diego Zoo Global, where the frozen remains of more than 1,100 species and subspecies from around the world are kept.
Biotechnology and genetic data can make a difference in that field, along with efforts to preserve the species, said Ben Novak, a leading scientist in the biotechnology organization that performed the cloning of the “Riveve and Ristor”.
“With the cloning technique, we can basically freeze time and regenerate those cells. We are still far from being able to change the genes of animals to make them more resistant, but that will be possible in the future,” said Pete Gober of the US Wildlife Conservation Agency. animals and fish.
“Revive and Ristor” states that they plan to clone a fleece mammoth, as well as some species of birds, although their cloning is more complex than in mammals.
Kurir.rs/Tanjug, Photo: EPA / USFWS
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