Friday, May 20, 2005

CLONING ENDANGERED ANIMALS - Louisiana's frozen ark

The BBC reports on the modern day Noah's Ark in Louisiana, where they are cloning endangered animals from frozen DNA.
Our small group of journalists was escorted into a place reminiscent of the film Jurassic Park in more ways than one.

The movie is based on the fantasy of bringing rampaging dinosaurs back to life through samples of ancient DNA preserved in amber.
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In theory, no species alive today should ever become extinct, as long as one of the dozen frozen zoos around the world has a cell sample, [Dr Betsy Dresser] said: "If we'd done this with the dinosaurs... the cells would be alive."

Among the species they have suspended in cell form are gorillas, Sumatran tigers and the mountain bongo antelope.