Zoo to bring dead animals back to life, ‘Jurassic Park’-style

They  hope that the “induced pluripotent stem” (iPS) cells they create can then be persuaded (biochemically) to become sperm and egg cells. These cells will be implanted into the womb of another monkey, and hopefully form a viable foetus.

San Diego Zoo’s Frozen Zoo project has taken samples from 8,400 individuals of more than 800 species. They hope these samples can be used in IVF programes – to improve captive breeding projects …and even breeding from animals that are dead.

Last year, for the first time, an extinct animal – the Pyrenean ibex – was cloned using skin samples and the eggs of a domestic goat. The ibex died shortly after birth. Other researchers are trying, not as yet successfully,  to recover intact DNA from frozen woolly mammoths.

What are your thoughts?


2 responses to “Zoo to bring dead animals back to life, ‘Jurassic Park’-style

  1. You mean to tell me that they can bring back an extinct animal but still can’t cure disease, yet? What gives? Whatever happened to those rats with broken spines that were repaired? Why is it that I still see para and quadriplegic’s? How about worrying about the here and now than the past?

  2. Chennai: Stem cell therapy used on dog

    This was the first time in the country that autologous (patient derived) stem cell therapy has been used for management of a dog’s spinal cord injury, Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (TANUVAS)orthopedic and neuro surgeon S Iyappan said on Tuesday.

    “The present case highlights an encouraging response to autologous stem cell-based therapy combined with decompressive hemilaminectomy for management of a clinical case of grade 4 spinal cord injury of a dog for the first time in India,” Iyappan, who was part of the team that conducted the surgery on the Boxer, claimed.

    Read more at: http://www.ndtv.com/article/india/chennai-stem-cell-therapy-used-on-dog-35940?cp

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