Cloning to revive extinct species
June 17, 2002 | Source: CNN
Australian scientists say they are on the way to reviving a previously extinct species — the Tasmanian Tiger (Thylacine) — using cloning technology. The last one died in captivity around 65 years ago. Geneticists working for the Australian Museum said they had successfully replicated Thylacine DNA using a process called polymerase chain reaction (PCR).
This breakthrough allows the scientists to produce millions of pure copies of undamaged DNA fragments that they believe can work in a living cell.
No other long extinct species has ever been cloned.